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Biopsy best in pediatric liver transplant dysfunction
Medscape
Ultrasound-guided liver biopsy is safe and informative, and should be performed in all children with liver dysfunction who have undergone liver transplantation, a new study suggests. "Our study is one of the few available that confirms the safety of biopsy in pediatric liver transplant patients," said researcher Kelvin Cortis, MD, from the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies in Palermo, Italy.
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RAPID software available free to ASTS members
ASTS
RAPID (Real-time Analysis and Process Improvement Dashboard) is open source software that provides outcomes and quality dashboards to monitor your center's SRTR Program Specific Reports (PSR) performance. Originally developed at Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive Transplant Center, it is being distributed through ASTS at no charge to its members.
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Haven't paid your dues?
ASTS
You can pay your dues online and ensure continued access to ASTS member benefits, including the member rate for registration to events like the 2014 World Transplant Congress if you are current on your dues by April 1. You can log on to the ASTS website to pay your dues.
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ASTS applauds CMS for continuing immunosuppressant protected class status
ASTS
The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) applauds the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decision not to finalize the provision of a proposed rule that would have eliminated protected class status for immunosuppressive drugs under Medicare Part D.
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  SRTR Monitoring in Real-Time
XynManagement provides an integrated solution for transplant centers to identify SRTR risk, track outcomes and improve performance. XynManagement’s HIPPA-compliant, cloud-based software platform improves data capture, ensuring your data reflect the true risk of transplants performed. Using simple, effective graphics, the system predicts risk at the individual patient level and assesses program-wide risk on future SRTR reports.
 


Considerations for screening live kidney donors for endemic infections: a viewpoint on the UNOS policy
American Journal of Transplantation (login required)
In February 2013, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network mandated that transplant centers perform screening of living kidney donors prior to transplantation for Strongyloides, Trypanosoma cruzi and West Nile virus infection if the donor is from an endemic area. However, specific guidelines for screening were not provided, such as the optimal testing modalities, timing of screening prior to donation and the appropriate selection of donors. In this regard, the American Society of Transplantation Infectious Diseases Community of Practice, together with disease-specific experts, has developed this viewpoint document to provide guidance for the testing of live donors for Strongyloides, T. cruzi and WNV infection, specifically identifying at-risk populations and testing algorithms, including advantages, limitations and interpretation of results.
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Study: Pneumonia in solid organ transplant recipients
Transplant Infectious Disease (login required)
Pneumonia frequently affects solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients, with high morbidity and mortality. However, the few studies on pneumonia in this population are mainly retrospective, single-center, and long-term studies, or include patients with only one type of SOT or a specific etiology. Authors performed a point prevalence study to investigate epidemiology, diagnosis, therapy, and outcome of pneumonia in an unselected SOT population.
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Education and informed consent about increased risk donor kidneys: a national survey of non-physician transplant providers
Transplant Infectious Disease (login required)
Transplant providers must understand the definition of increased risk donor organs to effectively educate transplant candidates and obtain informed consent. This study surveyed non-physician providers from 20 transplant centers about their educational and informed consent practices of IRD kidneys.
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The role of procurement biopsies in acceptance decisions for kidneys received for transplant
CJASN
There is a shortage of kidneys for transplant, and many patients on the deceased donor kidney transplant waiting list would likely benefit from kidneys that are currently being discarded. In the United States, the most common reason given for discarding kidneys retrieved for transplant is procurement biopsy results. This study aimed to compare biopsy results from discarded kidneys with discard attributed to biopsy findings, with biopsy results from comparable kidneys that were successfully transplanted.
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Fever, infection and rejection after kidney transplant failure
Transplantation (login required)
Patients returning to dialysis therapy after renal transplant failure have high morbidity and retransplant rates. After observing frequent hospitalizations with fever after failure, it was hypothesized that maintaining immunosuppression for the failed allograft increases the risk of infection, while weaning immunosuppression can lead to symptomatic rejection mimicking infection.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    A novel organ donor facility: A decade of experience with liver donors (American Journal of Transplantation (login required))
RAPID software available free to ASTS members (ASTS)
Dapsone-induced methemoglobinemia in renal transplant recipients: more prevalent than previously thought (Transplant Infectious Disease (login required))
Study: Uremic toxin development in living kidney donors (Transplantation)

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