Teenage kidney transplant recipients in more danger of graft loss

07/29/2013 | HealthDay News

An analysis of data on almost 169,000 kidney transplant recipients revealed that undergoing first kidney transplantation between ages 14 and 16 was associated with increased risk of transplant failure, particularly among black patients. 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. The findings appear in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

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