An assessment of the long-term health outcome of renal transplant recipients in Ireland.
Phelan, P J
Khan, A H
Rahman, M A
Walshe, J J
Conlon, P J
AffiliationDepartment of Nephrology, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9, Ireland, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CitationAn assessment of the long-term health outcome of renal transplant recipients in Ireland. 2009: Ir J Med Sci
JournalIrish journal of medical science
AbstractBACKGROUND: Renal transplantation remains the preferred method of renal replacement therapy in terms of patient survival, quality of life and cost. However, patients have a high risk of complications ranging from rejection episodes, infection and cancer, amongst others. AIMS AND METHODS: In this study, we sought to determine the long-term health outcomes and preventive health measures undertaken for the 1,536 living renal transplant patients in Ireland using a self-reported questionnaire. Outcomes were divided into categories, namely, general health information, allograft-related information, immunosuppression-related complications and preventive health measures. RESULTS: The results demonstrate a high rate of cardiovascular, neoplastic and infectious complications in our transplant patients. Moreover, preventive health measures are often not undertaken by patients and lifestyle choices can be poor. CONCLUSIONS: This study highlights the work needed by the transplantation community to improve patient education, adjust immunosuppression where necessary and aggressively manage patient risk factors.
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