ANCHOR LEAD: FOR OLDER PEOPLE, CHOOSING A KIDNEY FROM AN OLDER DONOR WORKS WELL, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
If you need a kidney transplant, the ideal is a kidney from a young, living donor. But if you’re an older person yourself, accepting a kidney from an older decreased donor may be your best chance for jumping the transplant line. That’s according to a study by Dorry Segev and colleagues at Johns Hopkins.
SEGEV: If you are an older patient waiting in this line one thing you can do is consider organ offers first from older donors. By taking these offers when a good one comes along, you can cut your time on the list dramatically. The issue is that for older patients, the faster that they can get transplanted the better their outcomes are going to be. Risks associated with dialysis in an older patient is on average much higher than the risks associated with dialysis in a younger patient. :31
Since older recipients also likely have fewer years left to live than younger people who need a transplant, they’re also unlikely to outlive their older kidney. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.