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[DEN1673] Thursday, January 22, 2009 3:54:00 PM 
Urine test spots trouble after kidney transplant
Quick check detects a potentially dangerous viral condition, researchers say

WASHINGTON - A quick urine test can spot a serious complication in people who have had a kidney transplant, enabling doctors to take steps aimed at preventing kidney failure, researchers said on Thursday.

The test, described by researchers at the University of North Carolina, detects a viral condition called polyomavirus nephropathy that affects about to 2 to 4 percent of kidney transplant patients.

The researchers said any hospital with the right equipment would be able to perform the inexpensive test, but added that they may develop it commercially.

Until now, the only way to know if a person had the condition was by performing an invasive biopsy to retrieve and test kidney tissue — which in some cases fails to find polyomavirus nephropathy even if it is there.

Transplant patients who get the condition may develop chronic kidney failure and need another transplant.

Condition harms kidney transplant patients
Many people are infected with a polyomavirus and suffer no harm, but in people like kidney transplant patients who take powerful drugs to suppress the immune system — the body's natural defenses — the virus can become dangerous.

About 18,000 kidney transplants are performed in the United States annually.

It is crucial to diagnose polyomavirus nephropathy as early as possible before it does a lot of damage.

When it is detected early, doctors might be able to stop it from causing extensive damage by lowering the immunosuppressant doses to let the immune system tackle the virus, or give the patient antiviral medication, the researchers said.

"You hope that this early intervention clears the virus, and that everything — like a little cough — goes away," Dr. Volker Nickeleit, one of the researchers in the study appearing in the Journal of the American Society Nephrology, said in a telephone interview.

Nickeleit's colleague at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Harsharan Singh, developed the test in which the patient's urine is checked for clusters of the virus.

Results from the test can be available in about three hours; the test costs less than $400 to do, and it could be performed with current laboratory equipment, the researchers said. Any hospital or laboratory with an electron microscope should be able to do it, Nickeleit said.

In the study involving 160 patients, the test accurately detected the condition in all those who had it, the researchers said.
[SkyRideR] Friday, December 05, 2008 2:28:32 PM 
i finally saw with my eyes what a diseased kidney looks like; as well as other visceral organs...
[mesniu I] Tuesday, October 28, 2008 9:00:19 PM 
finally accesed my old account until it was almost too late, well wishes and happy trails to you my friend, den!

judas priest forever!
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[mesniu II] Tuesday, October 21, 2008 12:46:38 PM 
i had come back only to find out my uncle had kidney disease and things just seemed to get worse. family had signed up to donate a kidney but we were told that his heart was too weak for a transplant. so now we wait to see if his condition gets better with comfort and treatment with hemodialysis. still the same i paln to donate eventually.
my cousin also in the military had donated a kidney to his mom who needed one. now they are both safe and living fruitful lives.
thank you dennis for sharing alot of your insights and information related to this.
be well my friend and godspeed.
[DEN1673] Friday, October 03, 2008 2:17:59 PM 
Well I just wanted to let people here know that me and my beautiful woman Dee and so many others helped raise a total of $1,800 for " The Nephcure Walk " this past September. We surpassed last years total by more then $ 1,600 bucks. Thanks to everyone that helped out and a big Thank You goes out to The Kidney Foundation that sponsored it. Also a thank you to Donna C & Ivy C for there help once again this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lets do better next year!!!!!!!!!!!!

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[DEN1673] Wednesday, August 06, 2008 11:34:32 AM 

Hello everyone, I hope all of you are doing very well. I’m doing great. I just wanted to inform you of the Step Forward Walk this year. It will be held at Over Peck Park in Leonia, N.J. on 9/14/08.


Here is a registration link for the walk, it’s free to register this year but donations are encouraged.


Link to register:  The Nephcure Foundation's Step Forward Walk- Northen New Jersey


Here is my personalized donations page link for the walk, any amount will help. I raised $100.00 dollars last year but this year I’m shooting for a bit more. I appreciate everyone’s help with their donations and I hope to see more of you out their walking this year. Thank you so very much!!!!!


It means a lot to me.


Link to my Personal Donations Page:



Thank you for all the support, if there are any problems with the links feel free to email me are I’ll try to help you out with it.


Your Friend,

[DEN1673] Tuesday, July 22, 2008 12:56:52 PM 
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