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Kidney Transplant at 84, Chicago Artist Proves New Start Possible at Any Age
Date:9/18/2009

s that may make them less than ideal as organ donors. Expanded-criteria organs are only offered to patients who consent to be offered such organs at the time they are listed for transplant. Donors in this category are normally 60 years of age or older, or ages 50 to 59 with a history of high blood pressure or who die of stroke.

Currently there are over 100,000 people waiting for organ transplants, and expanded criteria donor kidneys are an increasingly important alternative to help narrow the gap between the number of transplant candidates and available organs. "This type of kidney isn't the right option for all patients, but in this situation, this kidney was a good option for Mr. Guano and allowed him to get off of dialysis," comments Juan Carlos Caicedo, MD, transplant surgeon and director of the Hispanic Transplant Program. "As always, if we don't think it's a good kidney, we don't offer it."

"The kidney allocation process is complex. This is a good example of an age-matched kidney transplant, or a situation in which we were able to transplant an elderly patient who may not have received a kidney from a younger or standard criteria donor," comments John Friedewald, MD, transplant nephrologist and vice chair of the UNOS committee reviewing the kidney allocation process.

Guano's surgery was a success. Dixon Kaufman, MD, who performed the kidney transplant on Father's Day, June 21st, commented, "It was an easy decision
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