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Renal abnormalities in sickle cell disease. Sickle cell nephropathy is indicated by sickled erythrocytes, with the consequent effects of decreased medullary blood flow, ischemia, microinfarct and papillary necrosis. Impaired urinary concentrating ability, renal acidification, hematuria, and potassium secretion are also found. There may be a causal(More)
Despite universal payer coverage with Medicare, sociodemographic disparities confound the care of patients with renal failure. We sought to determine whether adults who realize access to kidney transplantation suffer inequities in the utilization of live donor renal transplantation (LDRT). We identified adults undergoing primary renal transplantation in(More)
The development of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) associated with the use of cyclosporine has been well documented. Treatments have included discontinuation or reduction of cyclosporine dose with or without concurrent plasma exchange, plasma infusion, anticoagulation, and intravenous immunoglobulin G infusion. However, for recipients of organ(More)
Posttransplant malignancy developing in an allograft is an uncommon complication of organ transplantation. The tumor may represent malignant transformation of donor or recipient cells that were previously normal, metastatic malignancy of recipient origin or malignancy transmitted from organ donor to recipient. Establishing the origin of the malignancy is(More)
OBJECTIVES To emphasize the importance of the view of business process management for development and implementation of clinical pathways, and to evaluate their effectiveness in reducing cost and effort as well as enhancing patient satisfaction. METHODS We describe the development and implementation of pathways with methods of process management and the(More)
The United Network for Organ Sharing database revealed that over the last 4-5 years, an average of 1800 patients were removed from the cadaveric waiting list annually because of patients' death and an additional 400-500 were removed from the list because of the severity of their illnesses. The pre-transplant evaluation process, therefore, requires careful(More)
Early recognition and determination of the cause of renal failure in patients with ESLD can be difficult because of the potential interplay among various factors and the wide array of differential diagnoses. A systematic approach, however, assists clinicians to identify common and potentially reversible causes of ARF. It is crucial to distinguish patients(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of pain in patients with chronic kidney diseases (CKD) is not known. In the current study, we aim to determine the prevalence of pain in CKD patients and its associations with various medical and psychosocial factors. METHODS Consecutive CKD patients who were presented to the renal clinic at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, a Los(More)
INTRODUCTION We previously reported that lower serum magnesium levels [Mg2+] can be associated with more rapid decline in renal function in patients with diabetes mellitus Type 2 (DM2). We now report long-term renal outcomes of the same patient cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS Most recent serum creatinine (SCr) and routine urinary analyses (RUA) for the 550(More)
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