A non-invasive urinary test that detects kidney injuries in liver transplant (LT) candidates
would be useful for monitoring of kidney damage. Particularly, the ability to predict
irreversibility of such renal damage or progressive nature of renal disease in LT candidates
would be of importance to determine the need for dual kidney-liver transplantation (KLT)
versus LT alone. We will correlate kidney histology with cytokine/chemokine profile
expression in the urine as a potentially useful noninvasive diagnostic tool.
- Subjects on the liver transplant wait list, subjects who have received a liver
transplant at least 6 months prior to enrollment, or subjects who have normal liver
function and are about to undergo kidney biospy for diagnostic purposes.
- Contraindication to kidney biopsy
- Inability to give informed consent