LESLIE L. ROCHER, M.D.; RICHARD D. SWARTZ, M.D.
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To the editor: Bay and Hebert (1) suggest that all living renal donors be advised to restrict protein intake to 1 g/kg body weight after nephrectomy in order to prevent possible progression of renal insufficiency. We believe that such a regimen is unnecessarily restrictive and do not recommend such a course to our renal donors. In the largest study to date examining the role of dietary intake, Anderson and colleagues (2) found no correlation between protein consumption after unilateral nephrectomy and urinary protein excretion or level of renal function. Also, whereas it is well recognized that urinary protein excretion is
ROCHER LL, SWARTZ RD. Kidney Donors and Protein Intakes. Ann Intern Med. ;107:427. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-2-427_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(3):427.
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