UC San Francisco along with an International Team of respected Researchers have developed a Kidney Transplant test which can diagnose rejection in Kidney Transplants before it is too late to prevent failure. This noninvasive blood test could replace the need for invasive Kidney Biopsies and lead to earlier detection and treatment to completely avoid Kidney Failure in many cases.
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Almost all Chronic Kidney Disease patients suffer Acute Rejection after receiving a Kidney Transplant, which simply means that the Recipient's antibodies (proteins that help the body fight organisms that are recognized as potentially dangerous) attack the Transplanted Kidney. You may think, "Well isn't that why Kidney Transplant Recipients take immunosuppressant drugs?" While the answer is "Yes," you should know that for 20% of patients, their immunosuppressant medication is not effective in preventing Kidney Transplant damage.
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Without getting too technical, using the current invasive Kidney Biopsy Test, Donated Kidneys can be injured or even fail before an issue is recognized and immunosuppressant medication can be modified. As you can imagine, this results in severe depression and a diminished quality of life for those Chronic Kidney Disease Patients who lose their Transplanted Kidney.
Now this new noninvasive Blood Test is more accurate and can predict Acute Rejection up to three months earlier than detection by the current Kidney Biopsy Test. According to Dr. Sarwal this means Kidney Transplant Failure may be, "treated early and proactively, even reversed.” Most Chronic Kidney Disease patients who desire or already have received a Kidney Transplant would agree that this is great news.
These findings are not just theory. Researchers including Dr. Sarwal agree that this report validates the new Blood Test "to detect risk of Acute Rejection in Renal [Kidney] Transplant patients, giving it the potential to become a simple, robust and clinically applicable blood test that will provide each patient with an immune risk ‘window’ for optimal immunosuppression delivery,” Sarwal said. Hence, the procedure may soon be available at your Transplant Center.
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