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Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2009 Dec;4(12):2040-4. doi: 10.2215/CJN.04210609. Epub 2009 Nov 12.

Is kidney transplantation for everyone? The example of the older dialysis patient.

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  • 1Division of Nephrology, Kidney Research Centre, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. gknoll@ottawahospital.on.ca

Abstract

For the average patient with ESRD, kidney transplantation improves quality of life and prolongs survival compared with patients who are on the transplant waiting list and remain on dialysis. Despite the proven benefits, some patient populations, such as those of older age, may not be referred and accepted for kidney transplantation to the same extent as younger patients. The population with ESRD is aging. Nearly half of all new patients are older than 65 yr. Nephrologists and transplant surgeons will need to make more and more decisions regarding transplantation referral and candidacy in this population. This article reviews the data on survival, quality of life, and cost-effectiveness of kidney transplantation in the older dialysis patient. Clinical guidelines and data on current practice are also reviewed.

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