Evaluating and Referring Kidney Transplantation in Lupus Nephritis-Related Kidney Failure

A recent study has examined the access to early steps in the kidney transplantation process for individuals with lupus nephritis-related end-stage kidney disease (LN-ESKD). End-stage kidney disease occurs when the kidneys function below 10% of their normal ability, leaving only two primary treatment options: dialysis and kidney transplantation. The study, which analyzed data from the United States Renal Data System, found that people with LN-ESKD were referred and started transplant evaluation at higher rates than those with other forms of ESKD. This association was also linked to higher rates of transplant access outcomes.

Previously, access to kidney transplantation for individuals with LN-ESKD was only measured through outcomes in the transplant process, without considering barriers in access. However, increasing access to transplant referral prior to an ESKD diagnosis could lead to higher transplantation rates, improved outcomes, and enhanced quality of life for those with LN. To learn more about kidney transplantation for lupus, visit the Lupus Foundation of America’s website.

Source: Lupus Foundation of America
Study: “Access to Early Steps in the Kidney Transplantation Process for Individuals with Lupus Nephritis–Related End-Stage Kidney Disease” (link to study provided)

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