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May 1969

Current Clinical Results of Renal Transplantation

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;123(5):485-490. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300150003002

Overall data on 1,741 kidney transplants reported to the Human Kidney Transplant Registry to Jan 1, 1968, reveal that in the most recent two-year period 78% of sibling grafts are functioning at one year and 76% are still functioning at two years. One- and two-year survival figures for cadaveric grafts performed during the same time interval are 45% and 38%, respectively. Individual centers have achieved overall results which exceed those reported by the registry. Patient survival exceeds graft survival in many institutions in virtue of the availability of interim hemodialysis and the demonstrated practicability of regrafting. Several new problems have been recognized, one of the most important being the possible development of malignancy in patients receiving long-term immunosuppression.