New strategies for donor kidney preservation

New treatment strategies over the last few decades have meant that nowadays 95 percent of transplanted kidneys function well for at least one year and that the average lifespan of a transplanted organ is between 10 and 15 years. In 1989, one in five kidneys was no longer functional after one year. This is one of the central findings of a review that leading journal The Lancet invited Reiner Oberbauer to undertake on the current status of research in this area. "This also underscores the importance of our publications and the fact that MedUni Vienna occupies a leading position in transplantation, even on the international stage," says the Head of MedUni Vienna's Division of Nephrology and Dialysis.

95 – 96 percent of transplanted kidneys take and function well for ten years, while only 4 – 5 percent fail and have to be replaced. "This is a good result and the trend is favourable," says Oberbauer, "but The Lancet wanted to know from us whether there are any strategies to improve this ratio even further in the future." Continue reading

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