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Better transplants through centrifuging

Removing some antibodies from blood of kidney recipients can improve post-op outlook

4:52pm, July 27, 2011

Some people languishing on the waiting list for a kidney transplant might see their prospects brighten, thanks to a long-term study that has found a new use for an old technology. By using a centrifuge to spin out troublesome antibodies from the blood of people needing a transplant, researchers have rendered recipients able to tolerate a donated kidney they might have otherwise rejected.

Of the more than 80,000 people on the U.S. kidney transplant waiting list, at least 20,000 are at risk of rejecting a transplant despite standard antirejection drugs, says study coauthor Robert Montgomery, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He estimates that the new procedure cou

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