Nigeria: First Successful Kidney Transplant Recorded in Abuja


Gabriel Onogwu, 20, from Benue, has become a symbol of hope for patients with failing kidneys across the country, after successfully undergoing a transplant. His surgery in December is the first recorded in Abuja, done by a team of surgeons at View Point Hospital, a private clinic in the suburb of Gwarimpa. Gabriel’s transplant was [...]

Kidney Transplant: How Big Is Too Big?


Obese kidney transplant recipients may have worse outcomes but more research is needed (dailyRx News) Before kidney transplantation, heavier patients are often told to lose weight to reduce the risk of complications. However, it’s still unclear if some obese patients are too heavy to get a kidney transplant at all. Obesity is an epidemic in [...]

Obese Patients Urged to Lose Weight Before Kidney Transplant


MONDAY, Jan. 21 (HealthDay News) — Obese people who receive kidney transplants appear to be at increased risk for problems such as wound infections, transplant failure and heart disease during their recovery, researchers have found. Obese kidney transplant patients also have higher health care costs than non-obese patients, the Saint Louis University researchers said. The [...]

Cuba performs 5,100 successful kidney transplants in 4 decades


Cuba has successfully performed over 5,100 kidney transplants since Feb. 24, 1970, an achievement on par with that of the developed nations, an expert said Wednesday. In a 42-year period Cuban surgeons have undertaken 4,751 kidneys transplants with deceased donors and 397 with living donors, all free of charge, said Dr. Alexander Marmol Sonora, leader [...]

Stem cells ‘boost kidney transplants’

Genetics/stem cells

“Stem cells beat kidney rejection,” says BBC News. The broadcaster says that an injection of stem cells given alongside a kidney transplant could remove the need for a lifetime of treatment to suppress the immune system. The news is based on research detailing the outcomes of eight experimental kidney transplants where the organ came from [...]

Obesity complicates kidney transplantation


By Eleanor McDermid, Senior medwireNews Reporter The risk for delayed graft function (DGF) in patients undergoing kidney transplant rises in line with their body mass index (BMI), say US researchers. But they stress: “As a whole, our data indicate that while obesity is a significant risk factor for graft failure, the magnitude of the effect [...]

SLU researchers examine health outcomes for obese transplant recipients


In a research review article published in the American Journal of Nephrology, Saint Louis University investigators examined data from multiple studies to better understand how obesity, an epidemic in the U.S., impacts kidney transplant patients. The authors report that, even as some connections between weight and health outcomes are unknown or contradictory, there is evidence [...]

Drug fails to help kidney transplant recipients


A drug that protects the kidneys of patients with chronic kidney disease does not seem to provide the same benefit to kidney transplant recipients, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Immunosuppressants help prolong the function of transplanted organs, but therapies that target [...]