Researchers Say Using Kidneys from Donors Who Died of Heart Diseases is Viable

by Rajashri on Jul 24 2008 3:43 PM

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 non-black donors.

"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.