High Pneumonia Risk for Transplant Recipients

Researchers in Denmark have found that the risk of first-time hospitalization for pneumonia appears to be high among renal transplant candidates and recipients. When compared with controls, incidence rate ratios of first hospitalization for pneumonia were 10.2 for renal transplant candidates, 8.02 for recipients, and 13.7 for patients with graft loss. Risk factors among renal transplant recipients included male gender, age older than 50, diabetes, chronic interstitial nephritis, polycystic kidney disease, and 1 to 3 years of prior dialysis. Abstract: Clinical Infectious Diseases, September 1,...

Complication Rates With Nephrectomy in Octogenarians

Morbidity appears to be significant in patients older than 80 who undergo nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma, according to results from a small French analysis. For all patients in this age range, the overall complication rate was 38.8%. Abstract: Journal of Urology, September...

Collaboration Helps When Managing CKD

Most primary care physicians (PCPs) and nephrologists appear to favor utilizing collaborative care for patients with progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a nationwide analysis. Most PCPs and nephrologists in the study desired collaboration for managing CKD, but nephrologists were more likely than PCPs to prefer collaboration that focused on pre-dialysis or renal replacement therapy preparation and electrolyte management. PCPs were more likely to desire collaboration if patients have diabetes and hypertension, if they believed the care they provide helps slow CKD disease progression, and if they did not perceive health insurance as a barrier to nephrology...

Home Dialysis Machine Approved

The FDA has approved a home dialysis machine (2008K@home, Fresenius Medical Care) to facilitate hemodialysis treatment in the home environment. The machine offers a broad range of dialysis pre