Debate Rages on About Role of Obesity in Transplant Outcomes

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Obesity should not disqualify patients from kidney transplants, suggested one study presented at Kidney Week 2018, while two other studies provided conflicting information on whether pretransplant weight loss may be beneficial.

The prevalence of obesity in both adult and child prospective kidney transplant recipients has increased, mirroring a trend in the general population.

Observational studies have found that higher body mass index (BMI) is associated with an increased risk of delayed graft function, noted Krista Lentine, MD, professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and colleagues, “but [higher BMI] is often not associated with