Preventing Kidney Transplant Rejection

Rabbit-Derived Drug Prevents Kidney Transplant Rejection

A study headed by Daniel C. Brennan, MD, director of transplant nephrology at Washington University School of Medicine and medical director of kidney transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, shows that using a rabbit-derived drug to prevent acute rejection of donated kidneys can reap long-term benefits.

The research describes a multi-center, international clinical trial comparing two “induction agents,” drugs given to kidney transplant patients who have received donor organs from deceased donors.

The agents are given during the first several days after surgery in order to avoid delayed functioning of the organ and to prevent acute rejection.

UNOS Match Paired Transplant

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Dartmouth-Hitchcock in New Hampshire participated in the first UNOS-coordinated match paired organ transplant. Find out more about the concept and how it changed the life of a St. Louis couple.


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