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When is one kidney not enough?

Authors
  • Chevalier, Robert L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Kidney International
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2009
Volume
76
Issue
5
Pages
475–477
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/ki.2009.244
PMID: 19680254
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Most renal failure in children results from congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUTs). Sanna-Cherchi et al. predict that by 30 years of age, nearly 50% of patients with a solitary kidney would be receiving dialysis. This outcome differs markedly from that of renal-transplant donors, who have no increased risk for renal failure. Because morbidity from CAKUTs may not develop until adulthood, these patients should be closely followed throughout life.

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