Less common and less severe. Those are two things you want to hear when talking about complications following kidney transplant. And those were the findings of a Mayo Clinic study that looked at progressive scar damage to transplanted kidneys.
Earlier studies of patients who were transplanted using different immuno-suppression suggested that a majority of transplanted kidneys were affected by progressive scarring that ulimately led to failure of the transplant.
Researchers found that 87-percent of patients in the study had no or only mild scarring one year after transplant. At five years, that number dropped only slightly, to 83-percent.
Dr. Mark Stegall, is a transplant surgeon at Mayo Clinic who led the study. “These results are significant and encouraging for everone who is concerned about long-term survivial for kidney transplant patients. Our results suggest that transplanted kidneys may be donig better than reports from prior eras have indicated.”
The study is published in the April issue of the American Journal of Transplantation. Click here to read the article.
Below is a youtube video with Dr. Stegall talking about the study.