Commercial kidney transplantation: high burden of serious complications
Abstract Book 4th ELPAT Congress Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Aspects of Transplantation. Pabst, 2016
"All recipients of commercial kidney transplantation who presented to our center within a year of their transplants, between Sept. 2008 and Dec. 20013 were included in the study. Total of 46 recipients, with a mean age of 40 years, 17 females. 20% had preemptive transplant. Only 21 patients had a discharge summary from the transplant facility abroad.
16 (43%) patients had at least one episode of acute rejection. Urinary tract infections requiring intravenous antibiotics affected 11 (30%) patients, and other infections included two cases of fungal pneumonia, one CMV-infection and one BK nephropathy. One patient had major non-compliance issues that threatened his graft. There were three (8%) graft losses, and two (5%) deaths due to sepsis.
Patients returning after commercial kidney transplantation suffer a high burden of serious post transplant complications. A much concerted effort is urgently needed to better inform patients of the risks and ethical issues related to transplant tourism, and to point them towards ethically sound and medically safer alternatives."
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