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A New Kidney Transplant Procedure Makes All Donors Compatible

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It's a new era for transplantation.

Desensitization works by filtering antibodies from the patient’s blood, which suppresses the immune response against the foreign kidney. During theeight-year study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, patients undergoing desensitization treatments were pitted against folks who received kidneys from compatible donors, and those who remained on dialysis. The results were telling: About 76% of desensitization patients were still alive after eight years compared to 44% of those who stayed on dialysis. The desensitization process even beat out compatible donations—only 63% of those receiving a compatible organ survived.

That's a step in the right direction. I wonder if they can raise that 76% survival rate even higher. 

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