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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 145-148
Initiating a New Renal Transplant Program: Problems and Results

North West Armed Forces Hospitals Program, Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

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Hatim Mansy
Consultant Nephrologist, North West Armed Forces Hospitals Programme, Tabuk
Saudi Arabia
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Patients from the North-West area of Saudi Arabia had to travel to Riyadh or Jeddah for renal transplantation and post-transplant follow-up. The administration of the North-West Armed Forces Hospitals Program provided medical expertise and financial support to set up a renal transplant program in this area. Suitable staff members including nephrologists, transplant surgeons, staff nurses social workers and laboratory personnel were recruited. A strong link was established with the Saudi Canter for Organ Transplantation in Riyadh. At the end of two years since establishment, 25 renal transplants (11 cadaver donor and 14 living donor) have been performed. During follow-up, nine patients developed serious infection including pneumonia, wound infection and tubercu­losis; all were managed successfully. Three grafts were lost necessitating graft nephrectomy and there were four deaths. The two-year graft survival is 83.3% and patient survival, 84%. These results are highly satisfactory taking into consideration the fact that our transplant program is new.

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