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A Simultaneous Liver-Kidney Transplant? Not So Fast

May 18, 2016

(Medscape) – Hello. This is Jeffrey Berns, editor-in-chief of Medscape Nephrology. I’m here with one of my colleagues, Dr Peter Reese, assistant professor of medicine and a transplant nephrologist. He is also chair of the Ethics Committee at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), which is the organization that oversees organ transplantation in the United States. There has been a proposal by UNOS to change the rules for transplantation of kidneys in patients who are being given a liver transplant—or in other words, a simultaneous liver-kidney transplant. Peter, maybe you can first tell our viewers what the problem is. Why does UNOS think there is a need to change the rules for simultaneous liver-kidney transplants?

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