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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 359-362
Kidney transplantation in Erbil, Iraq: A single-center experience

Hawler Medical University, Erbil, Iraq

Correspondence Address:
Pishtewan H Al-Bazzaz
Assistant Professor of Urology, Consultant Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Hawler Medical University, Erbil
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 20228533

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Kidney transplantation is associated with improved quality of life and better survival among patients with end-stage renal disease. The aim of this study is to assess the experience of kidney transplant program in a single center in Erbil, Iraq. The records of 83 pairs, donors and reci­pients, treated with kidney transplantation at the Zheen Hospital in Erbil, over a two-year period were collected and analyzed. The mean donor age was 28.5 ± 7.34 years (range 19-49 years) and re­cipient age was 37.6 ± 14.9 years (range 12-66 years). The male to female ratio was 6.5:1 among donors and 3.2:1 among recipients. Among the 83 pairs studied, the donors and recipients were genetically related in seven cases (8.5%) and emotionally related in one case (1.2%). Delayed graft function was seen in 3.2% of cases and acute rejection in 5.3% of cases. Graft survival at six months was 88% while patient survival at the same period was 90%. In conclusion, even though experience related to kidney transplantation in Erbil is limited, the reported results are encouraging for a promising future.

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