Discarded US Kidneys Could Have Been Used In France

By CodeBlue |

The French increased the age threshold for kidney donors.

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KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Ogos — A recent study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, found that French transplant centers would have transplanted more than 60 percent of the almost 28,000 kidneys from deceased donors discarded in the United States between 2004 and 2014.

Thousands of kidneys from deceased older donors are rejected in the US. In France though, these would have been used to meet the needs of kidney patients in that country. It has led to the US practice being described as a waste of scarce resources.

Five thousand Americans die annually while waiting for a kidney to become available. Currently, more than 90,000 patients are on waiting lists in the US.

In comparison to the French, the latter addressed the need for viable organs by raising the age threshold for donors.

The average age for donors in that country is 56 compared to 39 in the US.

A higher risk of organ transplant failure is possible if the donor is older. However, the study found found that patients receiving these organs lived longer and with a higher quality of life compared to those who remained on dialysis.

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