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Kidneys Initially Deemed Unfit for Transplant Prove Viable, Study Shows

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AUSTIN, Texas, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The first study to track outcomes of transplanted kidneys that were previously deemed unfit for transplant shows a more than 90 percent graft survival rate for these kidneys a year after patients received them.

The study results, presented at the National Kidney Foundation 2018 Spring Clinical Meetings in Austin, highlights how a lack of standardization across transplant centers could be depriving patients of life-saving organs.

Currently 121,000 people are awaiting organ transplants in the United States, but nearly one out of every five organs that becomes available is discarded, said the study’s authors, who are based at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Annually, thousands of people suffering from kidney failure die while waiting for a compatible kidney to become available.

The authors call for transplant centers to develop more robust and uniform measures of organ suitability, to systematically guide this critical decision.

“Rethink before you turn down an organ for quality using refusal codes,” said Vishy Chaudhary, M.D., lead author of the study and a clinical fellow in nephrology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. “The importance of our findings is to educate the transplant community that organs discarded by another center, especially using the code 830, deserve a thorough evaluation as it may still be acceptable for transplantation to a suitable donor.  There is a need to redefine codes,” he added.

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Corey Bryant serves as Director of Communications for The Alliance.
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