(BALTIMORE) – A new study suggests that kidneys can be transported across the country and still be as viable for transplant as those who remain in the same hospital.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine studied 56 kidneys that traveled an average of 792 miles and spent an average of 7.6 hours outside of the body.
"There was no difference in how well the kidneys functioned compared to those transplanted immediately from someone in a nearby operating room in the same hospital," Dr. Dorry L. Segev, an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said.
The news could allow an expansion in kidney exchanges that allow donors to give a kidney to someone else in exchange for one that is a match for their loved one.
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