Outcome of renal transplantation in South Asian recipients is similar to that in non-Asians

Marina Loucaidou, Shilpanjali Prasad, Jen Van Tromp, Tom D.H. Cairns, Megan Griffith, Nadey Hakim, Adam G. McLean, Andrew Palmer, Vassilios Papalois, David Taube

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Background. The United Kingdom has a large South Asian population, in which there is a high rate of renal disease and which forms a significant percentage of the renal transplant waiting list. Information about short- and long-term transplant outcomes in this ethnic group is limited, although it has been suggested that graft survival is poorer in this population compared with non-Asians. Methods. The authors examined the outcome and determinants of medium-term (5-year) survival in 245 renal transplants, 53 of which were performed in South Asian patients between 1995 and 2002. Results. Three-year survival with a functioning graft was 89% for the non-Asians and 85% for the South Asians. At 5 years, this deviated to 83% and 70%, respectively, for the two groups, but this did not reach statistical significance. Acute rejection rates were similar in the two groups. South Asian ethnicity was not a significant predictor of medium-term graft loss in the authors' study. Conclusions. In this cohort of patients, South Asian ethnic background did not confer a survival disadvantage after renal transplantation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1021-1024
Number of pages4
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethnicity
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Outcomes
  • South Asian
  • Survival

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation

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