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Survival after kidney transplant from non-matching live donor is good

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 11 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1476
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Patients who receive a kidney transplant from an HLA incompatible live donor show significantly better survival than those who wait for transplants from compatible deceased donors or who remain on the transplant waiting list, a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found.1

Many patients who need kidney transplantation have anti-HLA antibodies. This can make it difficult to find a deceased kidney donor because the donor’s HLA type needs to match the recipient’s. Experts have reported promising findings with …

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