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Seatbelt injury resulting in functional loss of a transplanted kidney.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Progress in transplantation (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
Publication Date
Volume
18
Issue
3
Pages
199–202
Identifiers
PMID: 18831486
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The transplanted kidney, lying heterotopically in the iliac fossa, is especially vulnerable to damage from blunt trauma, particularly compression by vehicle seatbelt. We present a case wherein a functioning renal allograft lying in the right iliac fossa was severely injured by seatbelt compression, resulting in significant functional compromise and eventual loss. The patient later underwent successful retransplantation with a second living donor kidney. Management of injured renal transplant recipients requires appreciation of mechanisms likely to cause damage to the graft, as well as familiarity with available treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical. As functional life spans of renal allografts improve, this type of injury will most likely be encountered with increasing frequency.

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