Diabetic nephropathy. Study protocol for pre-kidney transplantation.

Carla Baptista, Margarida Bastos, Sandra Paiva, Teresa Martins, Patrícia Leitão, Manuel Lemos, Rui Alves, Carlos Bastos, Alfredo Mota, Manuela Carvalheiro, Linhares Furtado, M M Almedia Ruas


Between May 1990 and October 1998, 67 diabetic patients with end-stage renal disease, on dialysis, were submitted to a standardized protocol in order to assess the coexistence and degree of other diabetic and nondiabetic complications that could affect transplantation. Some of the results were analysed. Type 2 diabetic patients had more abnormal results on the lower limbs doppler ultrasound and on the lower limbs arteriography than type 1 (p < 0.05). Type 2 diabetic patients had more cardiovascular complications so the decision to transplant should be taken on a case by case basis.

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