Young transplant patients 'at higher risk of kidney disease'

A new national study from US researchers suggests that children who undergo solid organ transplants are at higher risk of developing advanced kidney disease.

Researchers from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania say their findings emphasize the importance of continued kidney screening in pediatric transplant patients.

The researchers used data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, analyzing the records of 16,604 children in the US between 1990 to 2010 who received solid-organ transplants (liver, heart, lung, intestine and heart-lung). All participants were followed for an average of 6.2 years.

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