December 22, 2020 | Medscape
Ditching Standard Biopsies Could Provide More Kidneys for Transplant
Many kidneys from deceased organ donors in the US that are discarded because of procurement biopsy results would function acceptably if transplanted, new research indicates.
Doctors analyzed data on a series of more than 1000 kidneys discarded in the US between 2015 and 2016 and found that 493 of these organs could be matched, in terms of biopsy-evaluated quality and other donor characteristics, to 493 kidneys that were actually transplanted in Europe, where transplant practice is less restrictive.
"Right now in the United States, half of all [donor] kidneys are biopsied to judge their quality," lead author Peter Reese, MD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, told Medscape Medical News. "Unfortunately, 30 to 50% of kidneys that get discarded are thrown away because of biopsy findings."
But "there are some innovations going on in Europe that we can learn from," he explained.