Navigation Links
UCLA Program Aims to Revolutionize Kidney Transplants
Date:8/19/2007

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New and innovative programs to obtain donor organs have the potential to revolutionize kidney transplantation. At UCLA, for example, transplant experts are studying a program they call "living donor swap."

This program enables the relative or friend of a kidney-transplant patient who is not compatible as a donor to "swap" organs with another potential donor who also may be an incompatible match for his or her relative or friend. This greatly broadens the pool of organs available from living donors.

"Swapping organs makes sense in such cases," says Albin Gritsch, M.D., UCLA urologist.

In the case of a "living donor swap," both transplants are done simultaneously, Dr. Gritsch explains. Advances in living-donor-transplant technology make the surgery less invasive and the pain easier to manage.

UCLA has been among the pioneers in the field of kidney transplantation, and consistently ranks among the top five centers nationally. Currently, about two-thirds of kidney transplants are performed with organs taken from deceased donors, explains UCLA nephrologist Alan Wilkinson, M.D., and the wait can often be as long as five years, making living-donor transplantation an attractive alternative. Living donors, often family or friends of the transplant patient, currently account for about one third of cases.

The door to increasing living-donor transplantation also has been opened wider with pioneering surgical techniques, including laparoscopic harvesting of donor kidneys, which results in less pain and a quicker recovery, notes Gabriel Danovitch, M.D., director of Kidney and Kidney/Pancreas Transplantation at UCLA.

To view a video about an actual living donor kidney transplant, go to http://streaming.uclahealth.org/kidney.

This news release was issued on behalf of Newswise(TM). For more information, visit http://www.newswise.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health
Sciences

Copyright©2007 PR Newswire.

Related medicine technology :

1. Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals Presents Data From Hemophilia Program at International Society On Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) Annual Meeting
2. Pieris Progresses Proprietary Asthma Program: Validation of Pulmonary Delivery of Anticalin-Based Protein Product Candidate
3. Major New Review Supports the Broader Potential of CeNeS COMT Inhibitor Discovery Programme
4. Elixir Pharmaceuticals Presents Preclinical Data Highlighting Its Ghrelin Antagonist Program at the American Diabetes Associations Annual Meeting
5. Pharmexa A/S (DK) - Pharmexa presents data from influenza program
6. Amylin Pharmaceuticals to Present New Data from Broad Diabetes and Obesity Programs at ADA 2007
7. Ambrilia Highlights Encouraging Data for its HIV Integrase Inhibitor Program and Recent Developments at Annual Meeting
8. CuraGen Presents Update on Clinical Development Program for Belinostat
9. Hana Biosciences Presents Data On Two Programs At the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting
10. Diatos Announces Positive Clinical Results for its DTS-201 Doxorubicin Prodrug Program
11. OXiGENE Abstracts Published in ASCO Program
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/11/2017)... of Echenberg Institute, is announcing a new safe and effective at-home VuVa ... other painful pelvic pain conditions such as pelvic floor dysfunction, vulvodynia, vulvar ... ... VuVa ... company, VuVatech LLC, fills a void in the women,s wellness market because ...
(Date:7/10/2017)... , July 10, 2017  US medical equipment ... in 2021, according to Medical Equipment & ... by Freedonia Focus Reports. Continued increases in demand for ... aging of the population and supported by gains in ... equipment and supplies. New product introductions will also drive ...
(Date:7/10/2017)... S.C. , July 10, 2017  BDI ... purchasing and patient support services organization serving specialty ... today the launch of four significant, value-added member ... market insights, better manage reimbursement and improve access ... and factor therapies. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:7/27/2017)... ... July 28, 2017 , ... ... upcoming episode of the award-winning television series, American Famer, scheduled to broadcast fourth ... , Syngenta is dedicated to helping humanity face its toughest challenge: how to ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... ... July 27, 2017 , ... MEDsys Software Solutions, the ... Care Organizations and Home Care Agencies, has been awarded CIO Applications Magazine’s Top ... solutions to over 1,000 agencies and multiple State Medicaid and Managed Care Programs. ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... ... July 27, 2017 , ... GAFFEY Healthcare, a leading provider ... Clinkscales to Vice President of Revenue Cycle Business Services and Suzanne Dusak to ... chief executive officer (CEO). , Elrene has been with company since Oct 2014 ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... ... 27, 2017 , ... Healthy eating isn’t always easy. Currently, more than 80 percent of Americans ... Americans overeat refined grains and sugar. This trend may help explain why the obesity rate ... are obese. , As a culture, we seem to have food on the brain more. ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... ... July 27, 2017 , ... ... compete to form startup companies around 117 breakthrough inventions from 55 institutions, including ... Institute, and National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering), the United States Army, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):