UNM Study - Kidney Transplants Benefit Children

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico Department of Pediatrics, division of nephrology, had a study published in the December 2008 edition of the American Journal of Transplantation that demonstrated the life-saving benefit of kidney transplants among children with kidney failure.

Craig Wong, M.D., MPH, medical director for pediatric kidney transplantation at UNM, was the senior author and worked with several experts around the country to measure survival advantages of pediatric recipients of a first kidney transplant among children awaiting kidney transplantation.

The study analyzed the risk of dying among 5,961 patients under the age of 19 who were placed on the kidney transplant waiting list between 1990 and 2003. During this time, 5,270 of the patients received their first kidney transplant.

Within the first six months of transplantation, there was no significant risk for death compared to patients remaining on the waiting list. However, after six months, the risk of death was significantly lower. Children who received a kidney transplant had a lower mortality rate compared to the patients on the waiting list.

The study concluded that children who receive a transplant compared to the children who remain on the waiting list, have a long-term survival advantage.

Kidney transplantation is widely accepted as the optimal treatment modality for children with chronic kidney disease. In the U.S., children awaiting a kidney transplant are given priority over adults for organ allocation in an effort to reduce the time to transplantation, improve access of pediatric patients to high-quality allografts and mitigate the suboptimal growth and development caused by kidney failure.

For the complete study go tohttp://www.interscience.wiley.com/jpages/1600-6135.

Contact: Lauren Cruse, 272-3322

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