Research Article

Recovery of renal function after prolonged dialysis and transplantation.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983; 287 doi: (Published 23 July 1983) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1983;287:248
  1. T O Nunan,
  2. E A Stevens,
  3. D N Croft,
  4. P J Hilton,
  5. N F Jones,
  6. A J Wing


    Out of 250 patients with renal failure, seven (2.8%) treated by regular haemodialysis alone (four) or given cadaveric allografts (three) later showed recovery of function of their own kidneys lasting from one to four years. In the patients receiving haemodialysis alone recovery was easily recognised from their serum creatinine concentrations, but in those with transplants recovery was discovered unexpectedly during radionuclide scanning. These findings suggest that recovery of renal function may be more common than generally recognised, which should be borne in mind when beginning renal replacement treatment and particularly when contemplating bilateral nephrectomy.