Thursday, March 10, 2016

NY Times report on incompatible kidney transplants

The New York Times has an article about a recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine which reports that an incompatible kidney, transplanted after desensitization of the patient,  is now better than no transplant or a long wait to receive a deceased donor kidney. For the time being there seems to be no dispute that compatible kidneys are better if you can get them (so I don't anticipate that this will reduce the demand for kidney exchange).  This is part of a series of studies that make clear that a living donor kidney is generally more beneficial than a deceased donor kidney, and that long waits for transplants harm patients, particularly once they are on dialysis.

Here's the NY Times story: New Procedure Allows Kidney Transplants From Any Donor

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