Hypothermia in organ donors could improve kidney transplants

Kidney transplantation could be made more efficient by simply cooling the body of a deceased organ donor by just 2°C from normal body temperature, according to the findings of a new study.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, revealed that inducing a mild state of hypothermia in deceased organ donors reduced the likelihood of delayed graft function - whereby dialysis is required within 7 days of transplantation - in patients receiving kidney transplants by 38%.

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