Progress in Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
Jodi M. Smith1, *, Vikas R. Dharnidharka2
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2014
First Page: 115
Last Page: 122
Publisher ID: TOUNJ-7-115
Article History:Received Date: 25/9/2014
Revision Received Date: 1/10/2014
Acceptance Date: 2/10/2014
Electronic publication date: 31 /12/2014
Collection year: 2014
open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/) which permits unrestrictive use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Significant progress has been made in pediatric kidney transplantation. Advances in immunosuppression have dramatically decreased rates of acute rejection leading to improved short term graft survival but similar improvements in long term graft survival remain elusive. Changes in allocation policy provide the pediatric population with timely access to transplant but there remains concern about the impact of less HLA matching and a decrease in living donors. This report presents data from North America on these successes and the ongoing challenges that face the pediatric transplant community.