Kidneys from heart-death and brain-death donors perform equally well

08/19/2010 | Daily Mail (London), The

British researchers who reviewed data related to 9,134 kidney transplants in the U.K. found no difference in the survival rate or in how the kidney works among patients who received organs from brain- and heart-death donors five years after the procedure. "In view of our findings, we recommend that cardiac death kidneys be allocated in a similar way as brain death kidneys, ensuring better tissue matches and favoring those who have waited longest," a researcher said.

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