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‘Diligent’ dermatology care needed in organ-transplant recipients

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JAMA Dermatology
Reuters Health - 22/10/2021 - Organ transplant recipients (OTRs) face an increased risk for developing multiple skin cancers, "highlighting the importance of diligent dermatology follow-up," researchers write in JAMA Dermatology. There are limited reports on the risks of multiple primary skin cancers in organ-transplant population. To investigate, Dr. Mackenzie Wehner of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and colleagues did a retrospective cohort study using the Optum electronic health record (EHR) database and the Truven Health MarketScan database. Among 7,390 OTRs in the Optum database and 133,651 in the Truven database, 4.5% and 13.3%, respectively, had evidence of at least one skin cancer treatment. Two years after the initial posttransplant skin cancer, OTRs had a 44.0% to 57.0% risk of a subsequent skin cancer treatment and a 3.7% to 6.6% risk of having 10 or more skin cancer treatments. In this retrospective cohort s...


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