USING OLDER KIDNEYS
ANCHOR LEAD: SO CALLED EXTENDED DONOR GUIDELINES MAKE MANY MORE KIDNEYS AVAILABLE FOR TRANSPLANT, BUT PATIENTS PROBABLY NEED TO ASK ABOUT THEM, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
People 65 and older who are on the transplant list for a kidney will likely do just fine with an organ from a donor 60 years of age or older, a Johns Hopkins study led by Dorry Segev, a kidney transplant surgeon, has shown. Yet many patients in this group don’t even know such an option is available to them. Segev recommends they ask.
SEGEV: A lot of changes in medicine have come from patient driven requests and so the more familiar a patient can become with their options on the waiting list the more enfranchised they become, so if patients would be more familiar with the opportunities they might have from expanded criteria donors they could ask their providers to put them on that list and could potentially benefit from those organs. :27
Dialysis is well known to cause many more problems in older folks, so a timely transplant is even more important than in younger patients. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.