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For years, transplant surgeons have been reluctant to use organs from people who were infected with hepatitis C, due to fears of spreading the virus. But a new study gives hope to the tens of thousands of people waiting for a transplant.

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Nearly 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant in the U.S., but many will never get one. Instead they’ll stay on dialysis for the rest of their lives. A team of doctors in Philadelphia have found a possible solution to this problem, by infecting patients with a potentially fatal virus.

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Nearly 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney transplant in the U.S. Many will never get one but some doctors have found an innovative solution.

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The National Institutes of Health announced Monday the launch of a large scale clinical trial that will expand efforts to give more HIV positive transplant candidates new kidneys. The new study will track 160 kidney transplants.

Searching For A New Liver; Traveling For A Transplant

Mar 22, 2016
Seth Doraiswami
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Last summer, Seth Doraiswami, a stonemason from Belmont, Massachusetts planned a trip to Wisconsin, to get a new liver.

Doraiswami, 33, was born with a liver disease called biliary atresia, which causes bile ducts to become inflamed and the liver to scar. At 11 weeks old he had a risky procedure done that saved his life, and for years he took antibiotics to stay healthy. But in December of 2014, while he was living in Italy with his wife and son, the disease caught up with him again.

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Waiting for a kidney transplant can be a long, difficult process. But a study performed in Georgia suggests that for some patients—particularly those from low-income neighborhoods—even getting that process started can be a challenge. 

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Organ donation adds up to many extra years of life for recipients. Learn how many on this week's Sound Medicine Stat.

Sound Medicine: April 22, 2007

Apr 22, 2007

Organ donation and organ transplant waiting lists are the focus of part of this week’s Sound Medicine program.