For Older Adults, High Risk of Death While Waiting for a Kidney

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Projections suggest that close to half of patients aged 60 or older currently on the waiting list for kidney transplantation will die before receiving a cadaver organ, according to a study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

The investigators reviewed national registry data on transplant patients including nearly 55,000 patients over age 60 who were listed for a single-kidney transplant from 1995 to 2007. Survival models suggested that 46 percent of over-60 patients wait-listed in 2006 or 2007 would die before undergoing deceased donor kidney transplantation.

For certain groups of patients, the risks of