Researchers of a recently published study found kidney donors had a greater risk for hypertension than non-donors. In addition, those who developed hypertension experienced a plateau in the usual post-donation eGFR increase.
“Living kidney donation is associated with an increased risk of end-stage kidney disease compared to healthy non-donors, with hypertension as one of the most frequent concomitant etiologies,” Courtenay M. Holscher, MD, of the department of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote. “To improve informed consent and physiologic understanding, it is critical that we not only clarify the risk of hypertension attributable to donation and the timeline of incident post-donation hypertension, but also clarify the impact of post-donation hypertension on subsequent eGFR. It is also possible that race impacts the risk of developing post-donation hypertension.”
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