Tag: transplant

The FDA Knew the Heart Pumps Could Be Unsafe, Yet They Were Used

John Winkler II was dying of heart failure when doctors came to his hospital bedside, offering a chance to prolong his life. The HeartWare Ventricular...

2 Sets of Guidelines Disagree

With two sets of Clostridioides difficile recommendations being published within a month of each other, clinicians may find themselves trying to reconcile some of the...

Reduced-Intensity Transplant Benefits Older Patients With AML

Among older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), survival is significantly better when they undergo reduced-intensity condition (RIC) before receiving an allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant...

New Transplant Policy Doesn’t Benefit All States

The introduction of the new kidney allocation policy in the US initiated by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) may not benefit all states...

Liver Transplant Outcomes Improving for US Patients With HIV/HCV

While liver transplant outcomes were historically poor in people coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), they have improved significantly in the era of...

Heart Retrieval Technique May Boost Organs for Transplant by 20%

In a small observational study that tested normothermic regional perfusion (NRP) for donation after cardiac death (DCD), posttransplant cardiac function was “excellent” in 8 of...

CMS New Rules for Organ Donation Won’t Fix Transplantation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) proposed rule that would make organ procurement organizations (OPOs) solely responsible for improving transplantation performance across the...

Blood Test Predicts Organ Rejection Risk After Kidney Transplant

A functional immunologic assay that could easily be incorporated into routine laboratory work can predict which patients are at high risk for rejection of their...

Springboard Needed to Boost Access to Living Donor Kidney Transplants

A new study indicates numerous ways in which transplant teams can try to reduce disparities that currently mean that Black patients are far less likely...

Fecal Transplant Overcomes Resistance to Immunotherapy

For some patients with advanced melanoma whose conditions had stopped responding to immunotherapy, response was restored after treatment with fecal transplants. The material for the...

TBI Beats Chemoconditioning for ALL Transplants in Children

For now at least, total body irradiation (TBI) plus etoposide remains the conditioning regimen of choice for children undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant for...

Race Modifier Means Black Patients Miss Out on Kidney Transplants

New evidence further confirms that use of the race coefficient when calculating estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in Black patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD)...

Medicare Coverage of Kidney Transplant Drugs Is Extended

A newly passed US law ensures, starting in 2023, that for Medicare patients who receive a kidney transplant, insurance coverage of immunosuppressant drugs that prevent...

COVID-19 Case Fatality Doubled in Heart Transplant Patients

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Heart transplant recipients infected with SARS-CoV-2 are about twice as likely...

In MDS, Transplant Ups Survival in Elderly and May Be Reimbursed

New results suggest that allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT), which is typically reserved for younger patients, may well be offered to older patients with advanced...

AASLD 2020: A Clinical News Roundup

Studies that address fundamental questions in hepatology and have the potential to change or improve clinical practice were the focus of a clinical debrief session...

Triple Combination Benefits CF Patients With Advanced Disease

New CFTR [cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator] modulator therapies can offer life-altering benefits to some patients with cystic fibrosis, even those with advanced disease. Triple...

Woman Is First in US to Get Second Face Transplant

BOSTON (AP) — For the second time in a decade, a New Hampshire woman has a new face. Carmen Blandin Tarleton underwent a second face...

Kidney Transplants Between HIV-Positive Individuals Yield Excellent Outcomes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Kidney transplants from HIV-positive deceased donors to HIV-positive recipients yield excellent transplant and HIV outcomes, according to results from a...

Heart Transplant Activity Plummets Across US During COVID-19

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. From mid-March to mid-May, heart donor recoveries and heart transplant volume...

Organ Transplants Plummet During COVID-19 Crisis

When COVID-19 hit the United States, most transplants from living donors — which can be rescheduled — were put on temporary hold. One reason...

Transplant Beats Bortezomib-Based Therapy for MM

While upfront autologous transplantation has bested bortezomib-based intensification therapy in a large, randomized multiple myeloma (MM) trial, investigators and observers say more research will be...

COVID-19 Mortality Hits Almost 30% in Kidney Transplant Patients

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The risk of death among kidney transplant patients infected with COVID-19...

Prioritizing Transplants When Other Surgeries Are on Hold

What your doctor is reading on Medscape.com: APRIL 06, 2020 — Currently, living donors are urged to go ahead with the preliminary steps...

Prioritizing Transplants With Surgeries Largely on Hold

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Currently, living donors are urged to go ahead with the preliminary...