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PURPOSE We evaluated the safety and efficacy of ex vivo ureteroscopy (ExURS) as a means of rendering the donated kidney stone-free at live donor renal transplantation. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 10 suitable kidney donors with small, unilateral nonobstructive calculi underwent live donor nephrectomy (8 open flank, 2 hand assisted transperitoneal).(More)
No series has specifically focused on rates of technical failure in the kidney transplantation operation. We retrospectively examined the incidence of technical graft loss in a single kidney transplant program. A total of 714 transplants were performed, with a mean follow-up of 3.4 years (range 2-5 years). Technical graft loss was defined as graft loss(More)
INTRODUCTION It is unclear how to manage high risk hemodialysis patients who present with an indwelling catheter. The National Kidney Foundation Practice Guidelines urge prompt removal of the catheter, but the guidelines do not specifically address the problem of patients whose only option is a femoral arteriovenous (AV) graft. METHODS This study was a(More)
Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary support (ECS) of donors after cardiac death (DCD) has been shown to improve abdominal organs for transplantation. This study assesses whether pulmonary congestion occurs during ECS with the heart arrested and describes an in vivo method to assess if lungs are suitable for transplantation from DCD donors after ECS(More)
HYPOTHESIS Preemptive cholecystectomy in cardiac transplant patients with radiographic biliary pathology reduces the morbidity and mortality of biliary tract disease following heart transplantation compared with expectant management. DESIGN AND SETTING Institutional survey at the University of Washington, Seattle. PATIENTS Cardiac transplant recipients(More)
Hemodialysis graft infections typically occur as a result of contamination by skin flora at the time of insertion or become secondarily infected after high-grade bacteremia. Infection of implanted vascular devices with filamentous fungi is rare. We report a case of infection of an implanted polytetrafluoroethylene dialysis graft with Fusarium(More)