Good Match Not Always Needed for Living Donor Kidney Transplant

March 11, 2016

(Reuters) – Transplanting a mismatched kidney from a living donor may lower the risk of death more than not doing a transplant at all, according to a new study that could open the door to more operations. A long-term study found that transplant recipients whose immune systems were technically incompatible to the donated kidney – because they had so-called anti-HLA antibodies – were more likely to be alive eight years later than people who did not receive a transplant or waited to get an organ from a deceased donor.

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