30 Jan What Are The Health Risks To Living Kidney Donors?
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Emanuele Di Angelantonio MPhl
Department of Public Health and Primary Care
School of Clinical Medicine
University of Cambridge
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: This systematic review supports and expands previous research suggesting that living kidney donors have no increased risk for several major chronic diseases, with the exception of end stage renal disease. Female donors seem to be at increased risk for preeclampsia. Furthermore, there was no evidence that living kidney donors had higher risk for mortality, cardiovascular disease, or type 2 diabetes, or reduced quality of life. –
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: This study highlights the low but real risks of living kidney donation and emphasise the importance of careful assessment and counseling for all living kidney donors.
MedicalResearch.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?
Response: While this systematic review and meta-analysis provide some important answers, the field is still a long way from offering precise risk estimates to prospective donors.
O’Keeffe LM, Ramond A, Oliver-Williams C, Willeit P, Paige E, Trotter P, et al. Mid- and Long-Term Health Risks in Living Kidney Donors: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. doi: 10.7326/M17-1235
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