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Research: Progress lagging in transplanted kidney survival

Research: Progress lagging in transplanted kidney survival

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July 24 (UPI) -- Despite an improved lifespan of transplanted kidneys during the past 30 years, progress is stagnating, according to an international study. Researchers studied data from 108,787 recipients of kidney transplants from 1986-2016 at 135 hospitals across 21 European countries. The findings were published Monday in the journal Kidney International. Between 1986 and 1999, 87 percent of them functioned after one year and 75 percent after five years. From 2006 to 2015, it had improved to 92 percent after one year and 84 percent after five years. But according to kidney special Dr. Maarten Naesens of Leuven and University Hospitals Leuven, that is not good enough. "For the most part, this progress was made in the period 1986-2000," Naesens said. "Unfortunately, we haven't seen muc...