• By Ginger Plumbo

Mayo Clinic Physicians to Present Research Findings From Late-breaking Transplant Studies at American Transplant Congress

May 3, 2015

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic transplant researchers will present findings from nearly 20 studies at the American Transplant Congress in Philadelphia, Penn., May 2-5.

Mayo Clinic is nationally recognized for research and clinical success in transplantation, and performs over 1,000 solid organ transplants each year. Researchers will share findings from the following late-breaking studies at the American Transplant Congress:

“Burden of Early Antibody-Mediated Rejection (AMR): Complications, Resource Utilization and Cost Differential in Treatment of AMR”
Mayo Clinic surgeons at work

  • This study examined the connection between early AMR (a situation following transplant surgery in which the body begins to reject the donor organ) and clinical complications, hospital resource utilization and related costs.
  • An examination of 48 adult patients with AMR found those who were diagnosed with early AMR experienced higher rates of complications, almost double the number of hospital days and surgical procedures, and significantly higher post-transplant health care costs.
  • Mayo Clinic researchers involved in this study include Ramandeep Banga, MBBS, Carrie Schinstock, M.D., Matthew Hathcock, Walter Kremers, Ph.D., and Mark Stegall, M.D.
  • Presentation Date: May 2, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT

MEDIA CONTACT: Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau@mayo.edu.

“Does Pulmonary Rehabilitation Impact Frailty?”

  • This study sought to identify the extent to which pulmonary rehabilitation reduces frailty in patients with advanced lung disease and lung transplantation. Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise and education program designed to help patients improve their breathing and overall physical well-being.
  • Based on this analysis of more than 1,200 lung-transplant patients and people with lung disease, Mayo Clinic researchers saw significantly reduced frailty status in 39 percent of patients who received pulmonary rehabilitation. In addition, these patients reported fewer difficulties in self care and activities of daily living.
  • Mayo Clinic researchers involved in this study include Cassie Kennedy, M.D., Paul Novotny, Nathan LeBrasseur, M.S., Ph.D., Roberto Benzo, M.D.
  • Presentation Date: May 3, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT

It’s estimated that more than 123,000 people are currently in need of an organ transplant, which underscores the importance of knowing which transplant therapies are most effective and which deliver the best outcomes for patients. The American Transplant Congress is an annual meeting that brings together more than 3,000 transplantation specialists affiliated with the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation.

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