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Donor/recipient size matching important in pediatric renal transplant
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Donor/recipient body surface area ratio should be taken into account when matching living donors with children who need a kidney transplant, investigators from Seattle Children's Hospital concluded. The team used data from the United Network of Organ Sharing's Standard Transplant Analysis Research files to show that a donor/recipient BSA ratio below 0.9 is associated with a 59 percent increased risk of graft loss by 10 years after kidney transplant in the pediatric population (younger than 18 years). More


ASTS Recognition Awards submissions open
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Submissions are now open for ASTS Recognition Awards. Recognize a faculty member, mentor, or peer who demonstrates outstanding leadership, stewardship, and capacity to train transplant professionals by nominating them for the Francis Moore Excellence in Mentorship in the Field of Transplantation Surgery Award, the Vanguard Prize, or the Advanced Transplant Provider Award. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. More

"Increasing Impact of Mitigating Factors on Transplant Programs" webinar to be held Aug. 29
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This Transplant Communications webinar will cover how to escape getting caught in the "regulatory purgatory" of being unable meet new certification requirements CMS is implementing; how to develop a Systems Improvement Agreement with CMS; and what steps one major transplant program has already taken to improve survival outcomes. It will be held Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST. Participation is $292 per site and allows access to one telephone line for an unlimited number of people. Additional sites may be added. More


Donor obesity ups risk of poor pediatric transplant outcome
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Severe obesity, but not overweight, in adult donors is a risk factor for graft loss and mortality in pediatric liver transplant recipients, according to a study published in the August issue of Liver Transplantation. More

Assumptions about liver transplant waitlist mortality challenged
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The majority of liver patients who die on, or are removed from, the transplant waitlist have declined an offer of transplant, show the findings of an American study. Patients who died or were delisted received a median of six offers during the five-year study period, with 84 percent receiving at least one offer of a transplant. This is despite the fact that over half of them had received at least one offer of a high-quality liver. More

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Iron overload increases post-transplant infection risk
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Kidney transplant recipients who have iron overload are at increased risk for bacterial infection compared with those who have normal iron levels, according to preliminary results of a Spanish study. The prospective study also revealed that ferritin levels above 500 ng/mL are associated with a higher risk of death within three years compared to lower ferritin levels. More

ABO-incompatible kidney transplantation
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A dramatic shortage of available organs around the world encouraged attempts to cross previously forbidden immunological boundaries in kidney transplantation. This review focuses on the recent results of ABO-incompatible kidney transplantation. More

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Report shows a sudden spike in the number of drivers registering to become organ donors    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The percentage of drivers registered to be organ and tissue donors at North and Central New Jersey motor vehicle agencies has spiked 10 percent in the first six months of this year, with the greatest increase at the motor vehicle agency in Newark, according to a first-ever report on the topic from NJ Sharing Network. More

Arguments for and against immunoregulatory cell therapy in organ transplantation
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Organ tolerance has and will be one of the ultimate goals in the field of transplantation medicine. Ever since Sir Peter Medawar gave experimental proof-of-concept that rejection responses to allogeneic donor tissue and organs is not a firm genetically encoded mechanism but principally can be modified and prevented by the use of donor-derived splenocytes and blood-borne cells, the question arose, which immunosuppressant regimens are mostly prone to promote tolerance induction in solid organ transplantation? More

Donor-specific human leukocyte antigen antibodies of the immunoglobulin G3 subclass are associated with chronic rejection and graft loss after liver transplantation
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In a previous study, it was found that 92 percent of patients with chronic rejection had donor-specific human leukocyte antigen antibodies (DSAs), but surprisingly, 61 percent of comparator patients without rejection also had DSAs. We hypothesized that immunoglobulin G (IgG) subclasses were differentially distributed between the two groups. More

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