Transplant News stories from October, 2016

Doctors Use Hepatitis C-Infected Kidneys to Save Lives

Published on October 27, 2016

As part of a new study, doctors at Johns Hopkins and the University of Pennsylvania transplant hepatitis C-infected kidneys to patients without the disease then “cure” the diseased organs.

The trial includes 10 patients from the Baltimore area, five of those transplants have already been done.

Dr. Niraj Desai, director of kidney and pancreas transplant program at Hopkins says the patients should never get the infection at all.

“We sort of give them the medication, they then don’t show evidence of it in their bloodstream, and it will be no different than someone whose never been exposed,” Desai said.

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