-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, April 12 (HealthDay News) -- Progressive scar damage to
transplanted kidneys may be less common and less severe than
reported in previous research, says a new study.
The research included 797 patients who received new kidneys
between 1998 and 2004 and were followed for at least five
One year after transplant, 87 percent of the patients had mild
or no signs of progressive scar damage on their new kidney. After
five years, that decreased slightly to 83 percent, said the Mayo
The investigators noted that their findings contrast with
studies of patients who received kidney transplants in the early
1990s. Those earlier reports found most transplanted kidneys were
affected by progressive scarring that eventually resulted in
"These results are significant and encouraging for everyone who is concerned about long-term survival for kidney transplant patients," transplant surgeon Dr. Mark Stegall said in a Mayo Clinic news release. "Our results suggest that transplanted kidneys may be doing better than reports from prior eras have indicated."
The study is published in the April issue of the
American Journal of Transplantation.
The National Kidney Foundation has more about
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