Sunday, July 28, 2013
Obese Kidney Failure Patients Receive Survival Benefit from Transplantation
Obese kidney transplant recipients with a BMI less than 40 kg/m² derived a similar survival advantage from transplantation as nonobese patients, equating to more than a 66% reduced risk of dying within 1 year. Between 1995 and 2007, obese patients with a BMI of 40 or higher derived a lower survival advantage from transplantation (48% reduced risk of dying within 1 year), and a survival advantage was uncertain in black patients with a BMI of 40 or higher. Differences in obese and nonobese patients were not as profound with live donor transplantations, according to the American Journal of Transplantation study.