The Southeast has the lowest rates of kidney transplantation by region, and Georgia is at the bottom among states.
That dismal ranking led a group of researchers to study how often kidney dialysis patients in Georgia are referred to transplant centers.
Their study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that just 28 percent of Georgia patients are referred to transplant facilities within the first year of dialysis treatment.
The low number of referrals came even though a transplant is considered the best treatment for most patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), which occurs when the kidneys stop working well enough for a person to live without dialysis or a transplant.
The study also found a big variation in the percentage of referrals among Georgia dialysis facilities – from zero to 75 percent.The study also found a big variation in the percentage of referrals among Georgia dialysis facilities – from zero to 75 percent. Continue reading