Understanding trends in kidney function 1 year after kidney transplant in the United States

Yihung Huang, Anca Tilea, Brenda Gillespie, Vahakn Shahinian, Tanushree Banerjee, Vanessa Grubbs, Neil Powe, Nilka Rios-Burrows, Meda Pavkov, Rajiv Saran

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Lower eGFR 1 year after kidney transplant is associated with shorter allograft and patient survival. We examined how practice changes in the past decade correlated with time trends in average eGFR at 1 year after kidney transplant in the United States in a cohort of 189,944 patients who received a kidney transplant between 2001 and 2013. We calculated the average eGFR at 1 year after transplant for the recipient cohort of each year using the appropriateModification ofDiet in RenalDisease equation depending on the prevailing methodology of creatinine measurement, and used linear regression to model the effects of practice changes on the national post-transplant eGFR trend. Between the 2001-2005 period and the 2011-2013 period, average 1-year post-transplant eGFR remained essentially unchanged, with differences of 1.34 (95%confidence interval, 1.03 to 1.65)ml/min per 1.73m2 and 0.66 (95%confidence interval, 0.32 to 1.01) ml/min per 1.73 m2 among deceased and living donor kidney transplant recipients, respectively. Over time, themean age of recipients increased andmoremarginal organs were used; adjusting for these trends unmasked a larger temporal improvement in post-transplant eGFR. However, changes in immunosuppression practice had a positive effect on average post-transplant eGFR and balanced out the negative effect of recipient/donor characteristics. In conclusion, average 1-year post-transplant eGFR remained stable, despite increasingly unfavorable attributes in recipients and donors.With an aging ESRD population and continued organ shortage, preservation of average post-transplant eGFR will require sustained improvement in immunosuppression and other aspects of post-transplant care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2498-2510
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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