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Nephron-Saving Surgery for Abscess of Renal Allograft Using Radiofrequency Bipolar Sealer

Yildiz, Baris D.

doi: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000066
Case Reports

Thousands of patients with renal disease are on waiting lists for kidney transplant. Survival and quality of life on hemodialysis are much lower than that after renal transplantation. Renal allografts are extremely valuable and worth saving at all costs. Many complications can be seen after organ transplants on short and long term as rejection, vascular compromise, and infection. There are various reports on partial nephrectomy after renal transplant secondary to de novo masses in the renal allograft. Here, we present a case where we used radiofrequency bipolar sealer for partial nephrectomy for necrotic abscess of the renal allograft. We successfully saved the allograft with partial nephrectomy despite parenchymal infection and necrosis.

From the Ankara Numune Teaching Hospital, General Surgery Clinic, Sihhiye, Ankara, Turkey.

Submitted for consideration December 23, 2013; accepted for publication in revised form February 20, 2014.

Disclosures: Baris D. Yildiz collected data, analyzed data, and wrote the article. Patient had given her informed consent for this publication.

Reprint Requests: Baris D. Yildiz, MD, Ankara Numune Teaching Hospital, General Surgery Clinic, Selanik cad 29/2 Kizilay, 06650 Ankara, Turkey. Email:

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