Friday, August 21, 2009

Night Hemodialysis Just as Effective as Kidney Transplant

In the first study of its kind, it has been shown that night time home hemodialysis, which is done for 6 to 8 hours nightly, up to 7 days a week, is as effective as receiving a transplant. The long term study focused on comparing the survival rates and how this particular type of dialysis compares with both cadaver and living donor transplantation.

For the first time, it has been shown that patients who receive night home hemodialysis live just as long as those who receive kidney transplants from deceased donors.

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a total of 1,239 patients were followed for up to 12 years. Night home hemodialysis patients were compared to patients who received either a deceased donor kidney transplant or a living donor kidney transplant. The study found that the survival between night home dialysis patients and those who received kidney transplants from deceased donors was comparable, while the survival of the patients who received a transplant from a living kidney donor was better than both the other groups.
These results are encouraging considering the shortage of organs. It provides a means for those waiting for a transplant to maintain good health and good quality of life. In certain situations, it may also be a good alternative to high risk patients that aren't approved for transplants and those who aren't able to get a kidney transplant.

The full article can be found here.

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  1. Peritoneal dialysis saved my husband's life while he awaited a transplant. Thankfully after two long years he received a living donor kidney. By the time of the transplant his quality of life had diminished considerably. I would not want to be on dialysis long term. It helps keep our loved ones here while we hope & wait for an organ, but it is not without much difficulty.

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