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A NEW KIDNEY TRANSPLANT TECHNIQUE SAVES LIVES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Kidney transplantation saves lives. That's a fact. Now a technique developed by Robert Montgomery, a transplant surgeon at Johns Hopkins, and colleagues, allows more people to be eligible for transplant and keeps them alive longer.

MONTGOMERY: It's dramatic. The patients who underwent this treatment and received a transplant after eight years 80% of them were still alive whereas those patients who were most like them who were waiting on the list for a compatible organ during that whole time, only 30% of them were still alive at the end of 8 years. So more than a doubling of improvement in patient survival. :27

The technique involves removing antibodies from the blood of those about to receive a kidney so the organ isn't attacked and killed by the recipient's immune system. Montgomery says the success of this strategy suggests that more regular removal of antibodies even after transplant may also be beneficial. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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