Claire Kennedy

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A specific biomarker that can separate active renal vasculitis from other causes of renal dysfunction is lacking, with a kidney biopsy often being required. Soluble CD163 (sCD163), shed by monocytes and macrophages, has been reported as a potential biomarker in diseases associated with excessive macrophage activation. Thus, we hypothesized that urinary(More)
INTRODUCTION H1N1 influenza A, was first described in April 2009. A significant cohort of patients from this outbreak developed acute respiratory distress syndrome or pneumonia. H1N1 has since been transmitted across the world. Little has been described on the renal complications of this illness. METHODS A retrospective review of all patients admitted to(More)
BACKGROUND Bacterial pericarditis has become a clinical rarity since the onset of antimicrobial therapy, yet remains fatal in a large majority of cases. AIM We present the case of a 57-year-old male, admitted with a short history of pleuritic chest pain and dyspnoea. Investigations led to diagnosis of pyopericardium, most likely secondary to fistulating(More)
BACKGROUND Posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLD) are a common malignancy after renal transplantation with a high incidence of PTLD described in the first posttransplant year. We sought to determine incidence and risk determinants of PTLD in Irish kidney transplant recipients. METHODS Retrospective observational study of 1996 adult first(More)
BACKGROUND It is established that blood transfusions will promote sensitization to human leucocyte antigen (HLA) antigens, increase time spent waiting for transplantation and may lead to higher rates of rejection. Less is known about how perioperative blood transfusion influence patient and graft outcome. This study aims to establish if there is an(More)
INTRODUCTION Primary glomerular diseases such as primary focal segmental glomerular sclerosis (FSGS), IgA Nephropathy and membrano-proliferative glomerulonephritis (MPGN) may recur in renal transplants, and can potentially lead to graft failure. The rate of recurrence in second and subsequent renal transplants, following failure of the first graft due to(More)
BACKGROUND As renal biopsies are not routinely repeated to monitor treatment response in anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA)-associated glomerulonephritis, serum creatinine (SC) and proteinuria assessed by urine protein:creatinine ratio (UPCR) measurements are relied upon to provide a non-invasive estimate of disease activity within the kidney.(More)
OBJECTIVE To report the pregnancy outcomes in Irish female renal transplant recipients on modern maintenance immunosuppression. METHODS The Republic of Ireland transplant database was accessed to identify the patient cohort in question. All female renal transplant recipients whose transplantation was in Ireland before or during their reproductive years(More)
Background. The natural history of idiopathic membranous nephropathy and recurrent disease in transplants is variable. We performed a retrospective cohort study of renal transplant recipients with a primary diagnosis of idiopathic membranous nephropathy. We aimed to establish patterns of disease recurrence and to identify factors associated with disease(More)