Predicting Which Transplant Patients Will Have Problems

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By Molly Clifton

The National Institutes of Health funded research that has identified a new, non-invasive way to diagnose and predict which patients will reject their kidney transplants.

Typically, doctors perform a kidney biopsy to see if the body is rejecting the new organ but usually only after signs of distress.

Doctors say the new urine-based test is more accurate and could allow doctors to intervene earlier.

About 10 to 15 percent of kidney recipients experience rejection within a year of the transplant.

 

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