ASN's Mission

ASN leads the fight to prevent, treat, and cure kidney diseases throughout the world by educating health professionals and scientists, advancing research and innovation, communicating new knowledge, and advocating for the highest quality care for patients.

learn more

Contact ASN

1401 H St, NW, Ste 900, Washington, DC 20005


The Latest on Twitter

Kidney Week

Abstract: PO2535

Longitudinal Physical Performance Following Kidney Transplant

Session Information

Category: Transplantation

  • 1902 Transplantation: Clinical


  • Chan, Khin N., Stanford Medicine, Stanford, California, United States
  • Watford, Daniel J., Stanford Medicine, Stanford, California, United States
  • Cheng, Xingxing S., Stanford Medicine, Stanford, California, United States
  • Myers, Jonathan N., Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California, United States
  • Tan, Jane C., Stanford Medicine, Stanford, California, United States

Frailty and poor physical performance are strongly associated with poor outcomes in kidney transplantation (KTx). However, the effect of KTx on physical performance remains poorly understood.


We measured 6-minute walk test (6MWT, meters) and 1-minute sit-to-stand test (STS, number of repetitions from standing to sitting position) performances within 1 year prior to KTx. Physical performance indices were re-measured at 3 and 6-months, and 1-year post-KTx. Multivariable linear regression was used to assess which baseline characteristics were associated with 6MWT and STS. Trajectories of 6MWT and STS were assessed by baseline performance using a generalized estimating equation.


Among 85 patients who performed baseline assessments, 39, 33 and 40 completed 3, 6, and 12-month evaluations, respectively. Average age was 53 and average dialysis vintage was 7 years. 49% had diabetes mellitus, 18% had coronary artery disease, 5% had cerebrovascular disease, and 10% had peripheral arterial disease (PAD). In the multivariate model, age, female sex, and the presence of PAD were associated with lower 6MWT, while age and female sex were associated with lower STS. Median 6MWT and STS were 419m and 20 repetitions, respectively. 6MWT decreased somewhat after transplant across timepoints, and the trajectory was not significantly modified by baseline 6MWT (Figure 1). In contrast, STS increased post-Tx (Figure 2), but more so in patients with higher baseline STS (p=0.001), an effect which persisted after multivariate adjustment for age, sex and PAD (p=0.002).


Walking ability did not improve appreciably after KTx. STS, a measure of lower body strength, improved progressively post-KTx, but was mostly observed in patients with higher baseline STS. Results must be interpreted with caution, since all patients, even those with lower physical performance, were selected to proceed with KTx.