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Solid Organ Transplantation. 1: Many Problems, New Solutions

Paul Kefalides, MD
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Copyright ©2004 by the American College of Physicians


Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(12):1093-1095. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-129-12-199812150-00049
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The number of patients awaiting solid organ transplantation has grown in recent years for many reasons, including the spread of indolent viral infections that increase the number of potential recipients (by causing organ damage in young people), and improved medical therapy for patients with organ failure (which allows potential recipients to survive longer). Transplantation surgeons and nephrologists are developing new approaches to address the expanding waiting list for solid organs. Key efforts include the increasing use of living unrelated individuals as donors and a better understanding of immune tolerance and rejection.

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