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Anemia in the Elderly After Renal Transplantation

Nephro-Urology Monthly
Kowsar Medical Institute
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DOI: 10.5812/numonthly.4507
  • Letter To Editor
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Nephro-Urology Monthly Nephro-Urology Monthly Nephro-Urology MonthlyKOWSAR Anemia in the Elderly After Renal Transplantation Somsri Wiwanitkit 1*, Viroj Wiwanitkit 1 1 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand A R T I C L E I N F O Article history: Received: 14 Feb 2012 Revised: 22 Feb 2012 Accepted: 01 Mar 2012 Keywords: Transplantation Anemia Article type: Letter to Editor Please cite this paper as: Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Anemia in the Elderly After Renal Transplantation. Nephro-Urol Mon. 2012;4(4): 652. DOI: 10.5812/ numonthly.4507 Dear Editor, The recent publication on anemia in the elderly after renal transplantation is very interesting (1). Rostami et al. concluded that “Anemia is very common in elderly pa- tients undergoing kidney transplantation, particularly in patients with deteriorated allograft function (1).” The information from this report is very interesting. How- ever, there are some concerns. First, the data is from a cross sectional descriptive study. The risk implication might be limited. There is also no data on the prevalence of anemia among these patients prior to renal transplan- tation. For sure, the pre-transplantation occulted anemia diseases, both genetic and non genetic ones, cannot be excluded. The good examples of underlying anemia are thalassemia and sickle cell anemia (2, 3). To conclude that anemia is adverse effect might not be suitable. Published by Kowsar Corp, 2012. cc 3.0. * Corresponding author: Somsri Wiwanitkit, Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok Thailand. Tel/Fax: +44-6624132436, E-mail: [email protected] DOI: 10.5812/numonthly.4507 Copyright © 2012 Kowsar Corp. All rights reserved. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which per- mits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium

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