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Risk factors for transplant-related urinary complications characterized
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A review of 635 kidney transplants performed at the University of Florida, Gainesville, has confirmed that transplanted kidneys with more than one renal artery put recipients at increased risk for urinary complications. The researchers found that renal-artery multiplicity in transplanted kidneys is associated with a statistically significant 2.5-fold higher risk of urinary complications compared with organs that have only one renal artery, according to a poster presentation at the American Society of Transplant Surgeons' 2012 Annual State of the Art Winter Symposium. More


ASTS announces 2012 recognition award recipients
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Each year ASTS asks the membership to nominate faculty members, mentors and peers for three recognition awards. The Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in Transplantation Surgery Award acknowledges the efforts of established surgeons for their stewardship of trainees and junior faculty. The Advanced Transplant Provider Award recognizes the time and effort dedicated to advancing surgical management in transplantation by advanced transplant professionals. The Vanguard Prize honors two junior members for their publication efforts in basic and clinical research.

ASTS is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 recognition awards, honored earlier this month at the ASTS Winter Symposium: Goran B. Klintmalm, MD, PhD, Baylor University Medical Center, recipient of the Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in the Field of Transplantation Surgery Award; Pamela R. Patton, PA, MSP, University of Florida, recipient of the Advanced Transplant Provider Award; Rolf N. Barth, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Harold C. Ott, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard School of Medicine, recipients of the Vanguard Prize.


Complete immunosuppression withdrawal and subsequent allograft function among pediatric recipients of parental living donor liver transplants
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The majority of children who received liver transplant grafts from a parent were able to stay off immunosuppression therapy for at least one year with normal graft function after gradual withdrawal from the therapy according to this new study. More

10-year outcome after rapid discontinuation of prednisone in adult primary kidney transplantation
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Rapid discontinuation of prednisone after kidney transplantation potentially allows for minimization of steroid-related side effects. Although intermediate-term data with rapid discontinuation of prednisone have been promising, concern still exists regarding long-term outcomes. The 10-year experience is reported herein. More

Online tools increases efficiency, speed of kidney donor screening
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Using Web-based preliminary screening of potential kidney donors has resulted in a flood of applications at two U.S. transplant centers. It only takes potential donors a couple of minutes to confidentially answer questions about whether they have hypertension, diabetes, frequent kidney stones or hepatitis, and whether they are current smokers or users of illicit drugs. More

FDA approves mechanical cardiac assist device for children with heart failure
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a medical device that supports the weakened heart of children with heart failure to help keep them alive until a donor for a heart transplant can be found. The mechanical pulsatile cardiac assist device is called the EXCOR Pediatric System, made by a German company, Berlin Heart. The device comes in graduated sizes to fit children from newborns to teens. More

Attention all AJT authors!
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Revised Instructions to Authors just released. Make sure you have the latest version — view the revised Instructions to Authors, and other important new guidelines here.

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Stents may benefit renal transplant patients
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Recipients of deceased donor kidneys who have ureteral stents implanted are at lower risk of ureteral complications, but are more likely to experience urinary tract infection, according to researchers. In a study of 961 renal transplant recipients — 310 with ureteral stents and 651 without the stents — investigators found that the ureteral complication rate was 1.9 percent in stent recipients compared with 5.8 percent of those without stents. More

Early use of mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors is an independent risk factor for incisional hernia development after liver transplantation
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Incisional hernias are common complications after liver transplantation (LT) with a reported incidence of 1.7 percent to 34.3 percent. The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the risk factors for IH development after LT with a focus on the role of immunosuppressive therapy during the first month after LT. More

The impact of nighttime and weekend liver transplants on graft and patient outcomes
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Safety concerns have been raised about nocturnal and weekend patient care, but it is unknown if these issues effect liver transplantation. We sought to identify the impact of nighttime and weekend liver transplants on graft and patient survival. We utilized the United Network of Organ Sharing database to review adult liver transplants from 1987 to 2010. Comparisons were made between nighttime and daytime operations, and weekday and weekend operations. More

Time-course evaluation of oxidative stress-related biomarkers after renal transplantation
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Patients with chronic renal disease have a high prevalence of oxidative stress (OS), which is associated with the cardiovascular complications occurring in this population. The restoration of kidney function after kidney transplantation can lead to reduction in the metabolic abnormalities and elimination of the OS. More
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