Care of the renal transplant recipient in the emergency department

Ann Emerg Med. 2004 Oct;44(4):330-41. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2004.05.019.


End-stage renal disease is becoming more common in the United States because of the aging of the population and the increased prevalence of predisposing conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. Renal transplantation is the preferred treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease. This article reviews the medical problems that might bring renal transplant recipients to the emergency department, the information emergency physicians should be aware of in evaluating and treating these patients, and the critical importance of close communication between emergency and transplant physicians in treating them.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antilymphocyte Serum / adverse effects*
  • Antilymphocyte Serum / therapeutic use
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy
  • Drug Interactions
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / therapy
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / adverse effects*
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Kidney Transplantation*
  • Lung Diseases / diagnosis
  • Lung Diseases / therapy
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / therapy
  • Opportunistic Infections / diagnosis
  • Opportunistic Infections / therapy
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnosis*
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy*
  • Urologic Diseases / diagnosis
  • Urologic Diseases / therapy


  • Antilymphocyte Serum
  • Immunosuppressive Agents