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Serum Phosphorus Affects Long-Term Kidney Transplant Outcomes

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Serum phosphorus levels have a significant impact on outcomes after kidney transplantation—especially the risk of transplant failure, suggests a study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Despite a “marginal” effect on the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, higher phosphorus levels are associated with substantial increases in the risk of dialysis-dependent transplant failure and all-cause mortality, according to analysis of prospective data from a large sample of kidney transplant participants.

The study included data on more than 3000 kidney transplant participants enrolled in the “Folic Acid for Vascular Outcome Reduction in Transplantation” (FAVORIT) Trial—a randomized trial of

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