Kidney Transplants from Donors with HCV Safe and Functional 1 Year Post-Transplantation

In a JASN analysis of 2015–2019 transplant registry data on the use of kidneys from US donors infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), researchers found that there has been a substantial increase in the number of transplants using HCV-infected kidneys. There also has been a change in the use of HCV-infected kidneys: until September 2018, most HCV-infected kidneys were transplanted into patients with pre-existing HCV, but since then, the majority of HCV-infected kidneys were transplanted into patients without the infection. The investigators also found that HCV-infected kidneys function just as well as uninfected kidneys throughout the first year after transplantation. An accompanying editorial highlights various questions that remain.
Source: BullentinHealthcare

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