A study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Medical
Institutions has said that using kidneys from patients who died of heart
diseases in black patients may end racial disparities in organ transplantation.
Black patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are 2.7
times less likely than white patients to receive a new kidney, but using the
kidneys from people who've suffered cardiac death may be viable here.
The new study analyzed outcomes in 100,000 adults who
received a deceased donor kidney transplant between 1993 and 2006. It was found
that black patients who received kidneys from black cardiac death donors had
better long-term kidney survival as compared to those who received kidneys from
"These findings suggest that kidneys obtained from
black donors after cardiac death may afford the best long-term survival for
black recipients," the study authors wrote in the online issue of the
American Journal of Nephrology.