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|Title:||Alterations in the practice of open and laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy at renal transplant centers in the UK and Ireland.|
|Citation:||TRANSPLANT PROC, 2005, 37 (2), pp. 623-624|
|Abstract:||Live kidney donor (LKD) activity has increased over recent years. In response, the British Transplantation Society (BTS) has issued guidelines for best practice. This study involved two questionnaires sent to all renal transplant centers in the UK and Ireland to examine practice for the years 2000 and 2002. Findings were compared to BTS guidelines. There was a 100% response rate from 28 centers for both years. Twenty-seven centers performed LKD in the year 2000, falling to 24 in 2002. Consultants reported 356 procedures in 2000, representing 19% of all kidney transplants, and 403 in 2002, representing 23% of all kidney transplants. Three centers offered laparoscopic donor nephrectomy in 2000, and five did so in 2002. The majority of centers organize donor and recipient operations synchronously, and most have a consultant anaesthetist present for the donor procedure. There were variations in the use of thromboprophylaxis, and in donor follow-up. There is widespread practice of live kidney donation in the UK and Ireland, but BTS guidelines are not closely adhered to. Laparoscopic donor nephrectomy is offered at a small number of centers, but many have plans to introduce it.|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, Dept. of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation|
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