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Bigger the lung, better the transplant success
Medical News Today
Scientists have discovered the transplantation of bigger lungs is associated with higher survival rates in transplant patients, according to a study published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
ASTS Legislative and Regulatory archive launched
ASTS.org now features an archive of the monthly ASTS Legislative and Regulatory Update newsletter, which keeps members up to date on issues important to the field of transplantation and ASTS' advocacy work on these issues.
Help ASTS Celebrate!
A highlight of the Winter Symposium will be the 40th Anniversary Gala, and you can help ASTS celebrate by sending any photos you may have that reflect on the history of the Society. Please take a few moments to look through your old (or not so old) photos and send the ones that catch your eye to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't worry if you only have prints — just mail them to the ASTS National Office, Attn: Diane Mossholder, 2461 S. Clark St., Suite 640, Arlington, VA 22202, and we will return them to you!
ASTS Transplant Center Policy Library — subscribe today!
Are you looking for a centralized place to access standard business operating procedures you need in running your transplant center? The ASTS Business Practice Services Committee has developed a dynamic subscription service of sample policies and templates to provide transplant centers with the building blocks they need to successfully manage and navigate the growing regulatory and quality improvement environment. The ASTS Transplant Center Policy Library is available as an annual subscription in the ASTS Store.
Transplant surgeon has someone else's kidney
CNN introduces you to Dr. Silke Niederhaus, a transplant surgeon who has a very personal connection to the patients she operates on.
Cytomegalovirus prophylaxis in pediatric kidney transplantation: The Dutch experience
Pediatric Transplantation (login required)
Many children receiving a kidney transplant are seronegative for CMV and therefore, highly susceptible to a primary CMV infection. This study aims at evaluating incidence, time of occurrence and severity of CMV infection in the first year post-transplantation in relation to different types of CMV prophylaxis.
Early use of renal-sparing agents in liver transplantation
Liver Transplantation (login required)
Renal dysfunction is a critical issue for liver transplant candidates and recipients. Acute nephrotoxicity and chronic nephrotoxicity, however, are the compromises for the potent immunosuppression provided by calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs). To maintain the graft and patient survival afforded by CNIs while minimizing renal dysfunction in liver transplant patients, the reduction, delay, or elimination of CNIs in immunosuppression regimens is being implemented more frequently by clinicians. The void left by standard-dose CNIs is being filled by nonnephrotoxic immunosuppressants such as mycophenolates and mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitors. The results of studies of renal-sparing regimens in liver transplant recipients have been inconsistent, and this may be explained upon a closer examination of several study-related factors, including the study design and the duration of follow-up.
The effect of donor-recipient gender mismatch on short- and long-term graft survival in kidney transplantation
Clinical Transplantation (login required)
There is no limitation of gender matching in renal transplantation. This study was intended to evaluate its effect on short- and long-term graft survival. FDMR patients showed poor graft survival. The female recipients had worse short-term graft survival but the best long-term graft survival. This study introduces an important consideration into donor-recipient matching in renal transplantation.
Exercise could reduce metabolic disease complications in patients post-transplantation
The Medical News
New research reveals that metabolic syndrome — risk factors that can lead to heart disease and/or stroke — is common in liver transplant recipients, with rates highest at one year following the procedure. Findings published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, indicate that exercise could reduce complications from metabolic disease in patients post-transplantation.
Updated international consensus guidelines on the management of cytomegalovirus in solid-organ transplantation
Transplantation (login required)
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) continues to be one of the most common infections after solid-organ transplantation, resulting in significant morbidity, graft loss and adverse outcomes. Management of CMV varies considerably among transplant centers but has been become more standardized by publication of consensus guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Section of The Transplantation Society. An international panel of experts was reconvened in October 2012 to revise and expand evidence and expert opinion-based consensus guidelines on CMV management, including diagnostics, immunology, prevention, treatment, drug resistance and pediatric issues. The following report summarizes the recommendations.
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