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Kidney transplant patients are living longer and transplanted kidneys are lasting longer thanks to advances in patient care, improved immunosuppression strategies and organ preservation techniques, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the UW Health Transplant Center.

In a first-of-its-kind, single-center observational study led by Dr. Sandesh Parajuli, associate medical director of the UW Health Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs, the team examined outcomes of 12,000 kidney transplants performed at the UW Health Transplant Center. As one of the few transplant centers in the country to reach this milestone, these data provided a unique glimpse into the evolving landscape of kidney transplantation, according to Parajuli.

“We have made remarkable progress in kidney transplantation outcomes over more than five decades,” said Parajuli, who is also an associate professor of medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. “Through this research in organ preservation and advancing the medical and surgical care of patients, we are able to provide valuable insight into the transformative journey of kidney transplantation, from its early days to becoming the treatment of choice for end-stage kidney disease patients.”

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