Although post-renal transplant rehospitalization and the concomitant bleak outlook on life are prevalent, there is a paucity of information in the existing literature on the long-term survival rates of rehospitalized kidney transplant recipients. Believing that this is the likely culprit for the medical community’s occasional failure to provide this group of patients with promising information and reassurance about their future, we sought to assess long-term patient and graft survival after nonfatal rehospitalization in renal recipients with a normal graft function. Our review of the follow-up data of 253 kidney transplant recipients who had been discharged from rehospitalization with a normal renal function sometime between 2000 and 2003 revealed patient and graft survival rates at intervals of 6 months and 1, 2, and 5 years of 98%-88%, 97%-82%, 95%- 77%, and 93%-63%, respectively. Our acceptable patient and graft survival rates can be utilized by health care professionals to combat rehospitalized renal recipients’ groundless fears and thus improve their quality of life by offering them reassurances.
Volume : 6
Issue : 4
Pages : 80
Transplant Research Center, Massih Daneshvari Hospital, Darabad-Niavaran, Tehran, Iran