Higher risk of kidney transplant failure seen in teens

07/29/2013 | HealthDay News

An analysis of data on almost 169,000 kidney transplant recipients found that patients ages 14 to 16, particularly blacks, had an increased risk of transplant failure. The likelihood of dying after the procedure was 175% greater in 14-year-olds who were covered by public insurance and had received the organ from a deceased donor compared with privately insured patients who got their kidney from a living donor, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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