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[Coordinating between the renal transplant unit and the non-transplant nephrology department]

Federico Oppenheimer, Manuel García García, Thaïs López Alba, José Ma Campistol
Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia 2009, 29: 72-7
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Patients with stabilized kidney transplant receive optimal management care when there is effective coordination between the transplant centre and the community nephrologist (Evidence level C). A good coordination with regular interactive communication between the transplant centre and community nephrologist is very positive for patients and beneficial to the transplant centre and community nephrologist (Evidence level C). Many of the clinical objectives for management of kidney transplant recipients are similar to those related to chronic kidney disease patients (Evidence level C). A good coordination between the transplant centre and community nephrologist needs organizational requirements and clinical management protocols (Evidence level C).When irreversible renal allograft failure occurs, the community nephrologist must assume the preparation for dialysis as with other patients with advanced chronic kidney disease: choose dialysis methods, create arteriovenous fistulae or place peritoneal catheter and identify dialysis treatment centre. Moreover, the transplant centre and the community nephrologist will jointly decide the best moment to start dialysis or the possibility of preemptive kidney transplant (Evidence level C).

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