Severe Psychiatric Disorder in Dialysis—Transplant Patients

The Low Incidence of Psychiatric Hospitalization
  • F. Patrick McKegney
  • Carl Runge
  • Richard Bernstein
  • Ragon Willmuth


Chronic hemodialysis and renal transplantation have become increasingly common modes of treatment for end-stage renal disease (ESRD). This increase has led to many reports about the psychological impact of these highly stressful treatment modalities. Abram and Buchanan1 reviewed seven studies of transplantation patients, and found a wide range and a varying incidence of psychiatric syndromes. Penn and co-workers2 reported that 32% of their 292 renal transplant patients had “significant psychopathology.” Anxiety, depression, and delirium were the more common diagnoses in their population, of whom seven attempted suicide (2.3%). In a more recent study, Blazer et al.3 found a 4.2% incidence of affective psychoses in 215 transplant patients, but did not report on any other psychiatric syndromes.


Psychiatric Hospitalization Psychiatric Unit Psychiatric Admission Chronic Pyelonephritis Psychiatric Syndrome 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Patrick McKegney
    • 1
  • Carl Runge
    • 1
  • Richard Bernstein
    • 1
  • Ragon Willmuth
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and MedicineUniversity of Vermont College of MedicineBurlingtonUSA

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