Friday, October 25, 2013

High-Risk Organs From Deceased Donors Safe When Screened with Current Methods

Approximately 10 percent of deceased donor kidneys are considered “high-risk” for infection (HIV, HCV, HBV) and disease transmission according to criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But new research suggests that many of these organs are safe and therefore should not be labeled as high risk. Results of this study will be presented at ASN Kidney Week 2013 Nov. 5-10, 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Researchers led by Moya Gallagher, RN, of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center,  found that since 2004, a total of 170 patients received kidneys that met CDC’s high-risk criteria at Columbia University Medical Center. In addition to standard pre-transplant blood screening for HIV, HCV, and HBV, these patients were also screened by antibody and DNA testing at 6, 12, and 24 weeks post transplant. All patients received standard immunosuppressive therapy.

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