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Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz. 2012 Apr;55(4):543-51. doi: 10.1007/s00103-012-1450-2.

[Long-term outcome with end-stage renal disease - survival is not enough: does dialysis or kidney transplantation matter?].

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  • 1Klinik und Poliklinik für Hepatobiliäre Chirurgie und Transplantationschirurgie und Institut für Medizinische Psychologie, Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, W26, 20241, Hamburg, Deutschland. khschulz@uke.de


Patients with end-stage renal disease require renal replacement therapy with either dialysis or kidney transplantation. Survival and quality of life (QoL) after transplantation are superior to chronic dialysis. Early living donor kidney transplantation is best for patient and graft survival. Preemptive living-related kidney transplantation therefore is the best medical treatment option for these patients. Patients with end-stage renal disease suffer from multiple physical and psychological complaints. The prevalence of depressive disorders is 20-25% in this population. Studies on QoL in children after kidney transplantation show a reduced physical QoL, but an overall good psychological QoL. Alarming results of numerous studies are the high non-adherence rates in adolescents. Especially exercise interventions during dialysis and after kidney transplantation show promising results. Whether QoL of patients will improve with new approaches to immunosuppressive therapy remains to be evaluated in future studies.

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