Complications associated with new-onset diabetes after kidney transplantation

Nat Rev Nephrol. 2011 Nov 15;8(1):34-42. doi: 10.1038/nrneph.2011.174.


New-onset diabetes mellitus after kidney transplantation (NODAT) is widely acknowledged to be associated with increased morbidity and mortality, as well as poor quality of life. Clear evidence links the occurrence of NODAT to accelerated progression of some macrovascular and/or microvascular complications. However, the evidence that some complications commonly attributed to diabetes mellitus occur in the context of transplantation lacks robustness. Certain complications are transplantation-specific and prevalent, but others are not frequently observed or documented. For this reason, it is essential that clinicians are aware of the array of potential complications associated with NODAT in kidney allograft recipients. Rather than simply translating evidence from the general population to the high-risk transplant recipient, this Review aims to provide specific guidance on diabetes-related complications in the context of a complex transplantation environment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Complications / complications*
  • Diabetes Complications / epidemiology*
  • Diabetes Complications / therapy
  • Humans
  • Kidney Transplantation / adverse effects*
  • Renal Insufficiency / complications
  • Renal Insufficiency / metabolism
  • Renal Insufficiency / surgery*