Infection by virus cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common and major complication following kidney transplantation. Previous studies have related CMV infection with increased kidney transplant failure and reduced patient survival. However, a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology -- Renal Physiology reports that the age of the donor and the recipient, not CMV infection, are more important factors in determining transplant success.
The study followed the outcomes of 594 patients who underwent kidney transplantation over a 10-year period. The researchers tracked CMV infection, damage to and loss of transplanted kidney function, the working lifespan of the transplant and patient survival. The key findings are:
The findings suggest that other factors, such as donor and patient age, are more important for long-term transplant and patient outcome, the researchers concluded.
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