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.