Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Quick test predicts if transplant will stick

JOHNS HOPKINS (US) — A simple, 10-minute bedside exam can predict which kidney transplant patients are most likely to do well with a new organ.

A report in the journal Archives of Surgery suggests that a recently developed “frailty” test—typically used with elderly patients—is actually a useful tool for evaluating kidney transplant candidates of all ages.

“Few current measures are accurate in predicting kidney transplant success, but we think we have identified one that works incredibly well,” says study leader Dorry L. Segev, associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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