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Body mass index and outcome in renal transplant recipients: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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Body mass index and outcome in renal transplant recipients: a systematic review and meta-analysis
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BMC Medicine, May 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12916-015-0340-5
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Jeffrey A Lafranca, Jan NM IJermans, Michiel GH Betjes, Frank JMF Dor


Whether overweight or obese end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are suitable for renal transplantation (RT) is often debated. The objective of this review and meta-analysis was to systematically investigate the outcome of low versus high BMI recipients after RT. Comprehensive searches were conducted in MEDLINE OvidSP, Web of Science, Google Scholar, Embase, and CENTRAL (the Cochrane Library 2014, issue 8). We reviewed four major guidelines that are available regarding (potential) RT recipients. The methodology was in accordance with the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and written based on the PRISMA statement. The quality assessment of studies was performed by using the GRADE tool. A meta-analysis was performed using Review Manager 5.3. Random-effects models were used. After identifying 5,526 studies addressing this topic, 56 studies were included. We extracted data for 37 outcome measures (including data of more than 209,000 RT recipients), of which 26 could be meta-analysed. The following outcome measures demonstrated significant differences in favour of low BMI (<30) recipients: mortality (RR = 1.52), delayed graft function (RR = 1.52), acute rejection (RR = 1.17), 1-, 2-, and 3-year graft survival (RR = 0.97, 0.95, and 0.97), 1-, 2-, and 3-year patient survival (RR = 0.99, 0.99, and 0.99), wound infection and dehiscence (RR = 3.13 and 4.85), NODAT (RR = 2.24), length of hospital stay (2.31 days), operation duration (0.77 hours), hypertension (RR = 1.35), and incisional hernia (RR = 2.72). However, patient survival expressed in hazard ratios was in significant favour of high BMI recipients. Differences in other outcome parameters were not significant. Several of the pooled outcome measurements show significant benefits for 'low' BMI (<30) recipients. Therefore, we postulate that ESRD patients with a BMI >30 preferably should lose weight prior to RT. If this cannot be achieved with common measures, in morbidly obese RT candidates, bariatric surgery could be considered.

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Unknown 99 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 22 22%
Researcher 14 14%
Other 12 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 11%
Student > Bachelor 10 10%
Other 22 22%
Unknown 8 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 55 56%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 7%
Social Sciences 5 5%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 4%
Psychology 4 4%
Other 10 10%
Unknown 14 14%

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