A NEW TECHNIQUE WILL ALLOW KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION IN MANY MORE PEOPLE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
A new technique developed by Robert Montgomery, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues, will allow many people who've been previously considered ineligible for kidney transplantation to receive a kidney. Montgomery explains.
MONTGOMERY: About 30% of the 85,000 people who are currently waiting for a kidney transplant have been exposed to foreign tissue at some previous point in their lifetime, and that could be through a previous transplant, but also things like blood transfusions and pregnancy. So what we've done is developed a procedure for desensitizing the patient who has these harmful antibodies against tissue so that they can receive a kidney from almost anyone. :33
Montgomery says that as always, the big bottleneck in transplant is the availability of organs, and he urges people to consider live donation and paired transplant as options. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.