For the over 100,000 people awaiting a Kidney Transplant in the United States and many more globally, the fact that only fifteen percent (15%) to sixteen percent (16%) of them will receive a Kidney Transplant. What's more frustrating for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are the findings released by institutions such as the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) which suggest that "Over 3,000 new patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month. Thirteen (13) people die each day while waiting for a life-saving Kidney Transplant." Every 14 minutes someone is added to the Kidney Transplant List and approximately 4,761 patients died while waiting for a Kidney Transplant, NKF noted. It is the sincerest hope of KidneyBuzz.com that the findings of the mismatch kidney procedure called, Desensitization will in fact "eradicate long Kidney [Transplant] Waiting Lists," as reported by the publication, Headlines & Global News (HNGN).
Desensitization helps any patient with a eligible donor, regardless of compatibility factors, by altering a patient's immune system to help the body accept kidneys from non-matching donors. Dr. Dorry Segev (Johns Hopkins University) said that the findings showed "you don't need a compatible living donor to make a transplant happen today - you just need a living donor."
"Researchers from the latest study said that patients who received Kidney Transplants through desensitization were significantly more likely to be alive after eight years compared to those on waiting lists or those who received transplants from deceased donors," reported HNGN. “Often patients are told that their living donor is incompatible, so they are stuck on waiting lists for a deceased donor," Dr. Segev said. Now, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients have a real life alternative to the long Kidney Transplant Waiting List.
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There are several Transplant Centers including Johns Hopkins that are currently conducting the Desensitization procedure. "It could slash the wait times for thousands of people and for some...[it could] mean the difference between receiving a transplant and spending the rest of their lives on Dialysis," announced the New York Times.
If you are wondering, "Well, can this be used on Cadaver (Deceased) Kidney Transplants?" The answer is, unfortunately, "No." The Desensitization procedure takes time and in some cases could take as long as two weeks. It is performed before the transplant operation so Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients must have a Living Kidney Donor to conduct this type of transplant. However, if you have not found an individual willing to donate to you, then click here to sign up for the KidneyBuzz.com Find A Kidney Donor Campaign to share your story and attempt to connect with an Altruistic (Kindhearted) Living Kidney Donor. Click here for other tips on how you may improve your chances of connecting with generous Living Kidney Donors.
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