Fracture Risk Not Higher in Living Kidney Donors

Living kidney donors are at not increased fracture risk, according to a Canadian study.

Amit X. Garg, MD, PhD, of Western University in London, Ontario, and collaborators reviewed the medical charts of 2,015 living adults who donated a kidney in Ontario between 1992 and 2009. They compared this group with 20,150 matched nondonors from the healthiest portion of the general population.

The rate of fragility fracture was no higher in donors compared with nondonors (16.4 vs. 18.7 events per 10,000 person-years), Dr. Garg's group reported online ahead of print in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. The researchers observed no significant difference in the proportion of older adults in follow-up who received a bisphosphonate prescription (17.1% vs. 15.2%).

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