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Single Kidney Transplant From Young, Deceased Donors Works Well
Date:8/21/2009

how young the donor -- even less than one year -- one kidney transplant is enough."

Dr. Jeremiah Lowney is an internist and medical advisor to a Canton, Mass.-based not-for-profit group called MatchingDonors.com, which seeks to give people in need of transplant surgery an "active way to search for a live organ donor," according to its Web site. He called the new findings "fantastic news," while noting that every day approximately 17 Americans die while awaiting a kidney transplant.

"So what we have right now in renal [kidney] transplantation is a supply problem," Lowney explained. "And it's actually been getting worse over the years, as the numbers continue to grow. So this study offers a lot of hope, in that this might be one way we can increase the supply of kidneys, and certainly help many more people who are already waiting for a transplant."

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To learn more about kidney transplantation, visit the National Kidney Foundation.



SOURCES: Rubin Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., medical director, kidney and pancreas transplantation, Tulane Abdominal Transplant Institute, New Orleans; Jeremiah Lowney, D.O., family practice, internal medicine and medical advisor, MatchingDonors.com, Canton, Mass.; Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology


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