Kidney size in proportion to recipients' weight matters in transplants

05/24/2010 | BBC

A French study involving more than 1,000 kidney transplant patients who were monitored for an average of six years found that those who received kidneys considered small for their weight had an increased risk for complications, including high blood pressure and transplant failure. "This information is potentially useful for thousands of transplants and provides a new opportunity to improve long-term graft survival," the study leader said. A British expert, however, said a shortage in donated kidneys would limit the chance for matching the organs with patients' weight.

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