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Deaths from Occlusive Arterial Disease in Renal Allograft Recipients

Br Med J 1974; 3 doi: (Published 31 August 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;3:552
  1. L. S. Ibels,
  2. J. H. Stewart,
  3. J. F. Mahony,
  4. A. G. R. Sheil


    In a series of 325 recipients of cadaveric renal transplants sudden occlusive arterial disease was found to be responsible for 12% of deaths. Acute myocardial infarction (9%) occurred 25 times more than expected in the normal population and cerebral thrombosis (3%) 300 times more. The greatest loss was in the initial three-month period after transplantation. Patients with renal failure due to essential hypertension were especially at risk, accounting for six of the 12 deaths.