Renal transplantation in the elderly

Karl L. Womer, Jesse D. Schold, Bruce Kaplan, Herwig Ulf Meier-Kriesche

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Abstract

The benefits of renal transplantation extend beyond quality of life issues and reduced medical expense to clear improvements in overall mortality for patients of all ages with end-stage renal disease, including the elderly. However, an increasing gap between supply and demand of donor kidneys for transplantation exists, rendering these organs a scarce resource. As the elderly become a larger proportion of those patients accepted onto the transplant waiting list, more careful attention will be required to the unique characteristics of this population, including the development of creative organ allocation schemes that take into account their shortened life expectancy, while extending to these patients the same benefits enjoyed by their younger counterparts. This article reviews the most recent data regarding the elderly transplant population and aims to provide the reader with a sound basis for understanding the challenges that transplant physicians face in the management of these valued members of society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-152
Number of pages8
JournalAging Health
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Kidney Transplantation
Transplants
Waiting Lists
Population Characteristics
Life Expectancy
Chronic Kidney Failure
Quality of Life
Tissue Donors
Physicians
Mortality
Population

Keywords

  • Acute rejection
  • Chronic allograft nephropathy
  • Immunosuppression
  • Infection
  • Organ allocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Medicine(all)

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Womer, K. L., Schold, J. D., Kaplan, B., & Meier-Kriesche, H. U. (2006). Renal transplantation in the elderly. Aging Health, 2(1), 145-152. https://doi.org/10.2217/1745509X.2.1.145

Renal transplantation in the elderly. / Womer, Karl L.; Schold, Jesse D.; Kaplan, Bruce; Meier-Kriesche, Herwig Ulf.

In: Aging Health, Vol. 2, No. 1, 02.2006, p. 145-152.

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Womer, KL, Schold, JD, Kaplan, B & Meier-Kriesche, HU 2006, 'Renal transplantation in the elderly', Aging Health, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 145-152. https://doi.org/10.2217/1745509X.2.1.145
Womer KL, Schold JD, Kaplan B, Meier-Kriesche HU. Renal transplantation in the elderly. Aging Health. 2006 Feb;2(1):145-152. https://doi.org/10.2217/1745509X.2.1.145
Womer, Karl L. ; Schold, Jesse D. ; Kaplan, Bruce ; Meier-Kriesche, Herwig Ulf. / Renal transplantation in the elderly. In: Aging Health. 2006 ; Vol. 2, No. 1. pp. 145-152.
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