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Causes of Death After Kidney Transplantation

Washer, GF and Schröter, GPJ and Starzl, TE and Weil, R (1983) Causes of Death After Kidney Transplantation. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 250 (1). 49 - 54. ISSN 0098-7484

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During the five-year period September 1974 through August 1979, two hundred nine consecutive patients received their first kidney transplant in Denver. During 2.5 to 7.5 years of follow-up, 54 patients (26%) died. Infection was the leading cause of death during all intervals and was responsible for 22 (41%) of the 54 deaths. Pneumonia was primarily responsible for 14 of the 22 deaths from infection. The other causes of death were cardiovascular problems in 11 patients (20%), suicide in eight patients (15%), gastrointestinal (GI) tract problems in seven patients (13%), malignant neoplasms in two patients (4%), and miscellaneous problems in four patients (7%). Twenty-six (48%) of the 54 deaths occurred more than one year after primary transplantation; 12 of these 26 patients had already returned to chronic hemodialysis. To minimize mortality after transplantation, patients and their physicians must remain alert to the ongoing risks to which these patients are exposed, including the risks of sudden death from infection, myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolus, suicide, or GI tract perforation. © 1983, American Medical Association. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Washer, GF
Schröter, GPJ
Starzl, TEtes11@pitt.eduTES11
Weil, R
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute
Date: 1 July 1983
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Volume: 250
Number: 1
Page Range: 49 - 54
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1001/jama.1983.03340010031024
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0098-7484
Other ID: uls-drl:31735062114768, Starzl CV No. 508
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 17:08
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 13:56


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