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Two kidney transplant patients die after each receives a new organ harbouring an unusual parasite

Two kidney transplant patients die after each receives a new organ harbouring an unusual parasite | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Two adult males,Darren Hughes and Robert 'Jim' Stuart died less than three weeks after what they believed would be life-saving kidney transplant surgery.

 

Preliminary investigations have determined that the donor organs may have been harboring a rare form of parasite and that this parasite then led to severe illness in each of the two men.

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The results of several investigations are now awaited. As outlined in the online report this is an extremely rare infection and has previously only been described in a small number of cases.

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ASTS Applauds House Passage of HOPE Act

ASTS Applauds House Passage of HOPE Act | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
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The American Society of Transplant Surgeons(ASTS), applauds the passage of the HOPE Act which has now been signed into Law by President Obama. Pictured with President Obama is Dr Peter Stock the current President elect of the ASTS.

 

The passage of this important legislation now permits the transplantation of HIV positive infected organs into recipients. This change to legislation has come on the back of sustained efforts and advocacy by professional organ donation and transplant societies within the United States

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Why a Woman's Heart May Be a Bad Fit for a Man - MedPage Today

Why a Woman's Heart May Be a Bad Fit for a Man - MedPage Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report of an analysis of heart transplant outcomes posted online via MedPage Today reveals some interesting results.

 

Although differences in body mass between the donor and the recipient were not predictive of survival after heart transplantation, differences in the predicted heart mass using specific equations were related to survival up to 5 years...

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The 'size matching' of donor hearts to recpient body frame rather than recipient body mass index appears to be extremely important based on the data from this research analysis

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