Less Than Perfect Kidneys May Help Expand Transplant Access

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Kidneys from donors with acute kidney injury (AKI) are often discarded, but a recent study suggests that transplant patients who receive donor kidneys with AKI do as well as those who receive comparable kidneys without AKI.

The findings are the latest in a growing body of evidence that suggests using more donor kidneys that are less than perfect may help increase access to transplantation. Transplantation is considered the best treatment option for most patients with kidney disease because it can improve their quality of life and help them live longer, according to the National Kidney Foundation. But with about 100,000