Renal Transplantation

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A. Breda (Chair), J. Olsburgh (Vice-chair), K. Budde, A. Figueiredo, E. Lledó García, H. Regele
Guidelines Associates: R. Boissier, C. Fraser Taylor, V. Hevia, R.H. Zakri

1.INTRODUCTION

1.1.Aim and objectives

The European Association of Urology (EAU) Renal Transplantation Guidelines aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the medical and technical aspects relating to renal transplantation.

It must be emphasised that clinical guidelines present the best evidence available to the experts but following guideline recommendations will not necessarily result in the best outcome. Guidelines can never replace clinical expertise when making treatment decisions for individual patients, but rather help to focus decisions - also taking personal values and preferences/individual circumstances of patients into account. Guidelines are not mandates and do not purport to be a legal standard of care.

1.2.Panel Composition

The EAU Renal Transplantation Guidelines panel consists of an international multidisciplinary group of urological surgeons, a nephrologist and a pathologist. All experts involved in the production of this document have submitted potential conflict of interest statements which can be viewed on the EAU website: http://www.uroweb.org/guideline/renal-transplantation/.

1.3.Available publications

A quick reference document, the Pocket Guidelines, is also available, both in print and in a number of versions for mobile devices. These are abridged versions which may require consultation together with the full text version. All are available through the EAU website: http://www.uroweb.org/guideline/renal-transplantation/.

1.4.Publication history

The EAU published the first Renal Transplantation Guidelines in 2003 with updates in 2004 and 2009. This document is a comprehensive update of the 2009 Renal Transplantation Guidelines. Additional chapters will be added in the coming year to address ethical issues surrounding kidney transplantation as well as the issue of prior malignancy in kidney transplantation.

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