As most Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients know, the Kidney Transplant Waiting List is incredibly long with over 100,000 patients awaiting a transplant, one individual is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes, and approximately 13 patients die each day waiting for a kidney transplant in the United States. What's worse is that the average waiting time for a Kidney Transplant is inching closer to 10 years. Well, a new Kidney Transplant Procedure may help more Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients on the waiting list receive the evermore desired Kidney Transplant to get more freedom and enjoy a higher quality of life.
A new technique called Normothermic Machine Perfusion (a preservation method that is generating increasing interest) might help Kidney Transplant Teams better assess the quality of a kidney before it is selected for transplantation, according to research published in the British Medical Journal. By improving assessment strategies at Kidney Transplant Centers, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients can benefit from lowering what is now considered an unnecessarily "high discard rate of donated kidneys," suggested to Medical News Today.
Basically, when a deceased (dead) donor kidney undergoes a Normothermic Machine Perfusion assessment, it is given a quality assessment score (QAS; graded 1 to 5) based on macroscopic perfusion, renal blood flow, and urine output. These areas are not currently as thouroughly examined and the assessment takes approximately 60 minutes.
Since the main reason for discarding donated kidneys in the United States is poor biopsy results if the biopsy process can be more specific and take additional factors into consideration when determining quality of the kidney and long-term function, it can make more kidneys available to be used in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients so that they may avoid Dialysis or get off of treatments altogether.
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Results were shocking. “Of five (5) kidneys that would normally be discarded but were found suitable by the technique, four functioned immediately after transplantation (4),” said the author of the study Dr. Sarah A. Hosgood (University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom). Normothermic Machine Perfusion allows the successful transplantation of otherwise discarded kidneys that had been deemed unsuitable for transplantation and has potential to directly increase the number of kidney transplants available to patients.
Ask your Kidney Transplant Center if they are using Normothermic Machine Perfusion to assess their kidneys. If they are not, then they could be missing otherwise usable kidneys. You never know, that could be your lifesaving transplant. Print this article and share it with both your fellow patients, Nephrologists, and Kidney Transplant Teams.
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