TRANSPLANTATION: Desensitization and survival in kidney transplant recipients

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Elimination of donor-specific antibodies against HLA has been used to enable transplantation of HLA-incompatible kidneys from living donors. In contrast to two previous US studies, a UK study now reports that desensitization does not offer a survival benefit over remaining on the waitlist for a compatible organ.

Refers to Manook, M. et al. Post-listing survival for highly sensitised patients on the UK kidney transplant waiting list: a matched cohort analysis. Lancet–6736(16)31595–1 (2017)

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