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New proposal for the better allocation of donated livers in transplants

New proposal for the better allocation of donated livers in transplants | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Researchers at the University of Cordoba (Spain) have developed a system that measures compatibility between donors and the most serious receivers in liver transplants. 

 

This takes into account over 30 donor and recipient variables from a retrospective analysis of over 1,000 liver transplant procedures,

 

However as yet the new algorithm has not been prospectively validated. 

 

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Deborah Verran's insight:

The matching of donor livers to recipients involves that a number of both donor as well as recipient variables be taken into consideration. Apart from blood group matching, size matching of the donor organ to the recipient as well as undertaking a risk assessment of the outcome of the planned transplant procedure are all important in practice.

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Kidney Donor May Have Passed On Skin Cancer - MedPage Today

Kidney Donor May Have Passed On Skin Cancer - MedPage Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Ground breaking research is summarized in this online article providing evidence that a Kidney Donor may have passed on skin cancer to their recipient.

 

The report is of research published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. This is the first convincing evidence of a direct contribution from the kidney donor to the recipients skin cancer. Cells from the skin tumour in the recipient were found to contain the donor genotype.

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

This will need to be confirmed with further research. The implications being that skin cancer in kidney transplant recipients may be a more complex entity than previously thought.

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