Korean J Med.  2009 Sep;77(3):321-327.

Clinical outcome of kidney transplantation in patients with diabetic nephropathy

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Bong Seng Hospital, Busan, Korea. dudrlek@medigate.net


BACKGROUND/AIMS: Diabetic nephropathy is a growing cause of end-stage renal failure, and renal transplantation is considered the best option for survival in patients who experience such renal failure. Patients with diabetes are older and frequently have comorbidity, and only a minority of these patients is considered for renal transplantation. The survival rate of patients having diabetes treated with transplantation has improved, although the long-term prognosis has not been determined. This study examined the clinical outcome of renal transplantation in patients having diabetes compared to that in nondiabetic patients.
We compared diabetic (n=70) and nondiabetic (n=355) groups of patients for whom medical records were available for more than 3 months at our hospital from March 1998 to August 2008.
The recipients were significantly older in the diabetic group (50.6+/- 10.5 vs. 39.8+/- 10.8 years), while donor age was significantly younger in that group (33.2+/- 9.0 vs. 37.5+/- 1.3 years). Cardiovascular events occurring after transplantation were more frequent in the diabetic group (11/70 vs. 10/355). Kaplan-Meier curves for cumulative survival of the renal allograft and patient survival revealed no difference between the two groups. The allograft survival rate in the diabetic group was 100% at 5 years and 79% at 10 years posttransplantation. In the nondiabetic group, the renal allograft survival rate was 98% at 5 years and 75% at 10 years. The patient survival rates did not differ significantly: 100% vs. 99% at 5 years and 91% vs. 91% at 10 years for the diabetic and nondiabetic groups, respectively.
In our study, the long-term survival of renal transplantation in patients with diabetes equaled that of nondiabetic patients. Graft survival was also comparable between the two groups. Therefore, kidney transplantation may be another therapeutic option for end-stage diabetic nephropathy.


Diabetic nephropathy; Graft survival; Patient survival; Kidney transplantation
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