Study finds kidney transplant recipients do not contract hepatitis C if receiving kidneys from donors with a history of hepatitis C

 

Last updated 8/30/2018 at 7:54pm

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A study from Loma Linda University Health finds that kidney transplantation can be safely performed using organs testing positive for the hepatitis C virus antibody but negative for active viral infection.

LOMA LINDA – Researchers at Loma Linda University Health found that kidney transplantation can be safely performed using organs testing positive for the hepatitis C virus antibody but negative for active viral infection. 

Their findings, published July 24 in the American Journal of Transplantation, could expand the number of kidneys available for those in need.

"One way of increasing the kidney donor pool is to utilize more organs from HCV positive donors," Dr. Michael E. de Vera, the study's lead author and director of Loma Linda University's Transplant Institute, said. "Currently...



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