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Minorities Make Up Nearly Half Of Kidney Recipients In Live Donor Transplant Chains

The largest U.S. multicenter study of living kidney transplant donor chains showed that 46 percent of recipients are minorities, a finding that allays previous fears that these groups would be disadvantaged by expansion of the donor pool through this type of exchange process. 



The study of a series of chain transplantations performed from February 2008 to June 2011 at 57 centers nationwide included 272 kidney transplants that paired organ donors who were incompatible with their relatives with strangers providing organs for altruistic reasons or with others donating an organ to an unknown patient because they were not a match for their own relatives. 



"Of all living donor kidney transplants performed in the United States in 2011, only 33 percent were to ethnic minorities. So the fact that nearly 50 percent of the chain transplants were ethnic minorities is a real game changer," said senior study author and UCLA transplant surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Veale. "This collaborative team has been able to show that with donor chains we can broaden, increase and diversify the population of patients who can receive kidney transplants." 

 

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