Blood process allows for transplantation of non-matched kidneys

08/6/2009 | CNN

Surgeons at two hospitals in Washington successfully performed seven kidney transplants involving patients who did not exactly match with their donors using plasmapheresis, a process that removes the antibodies that can trigger organ rejection from a patient's blood. Plasmapheresis, or plasma exchange, increases the chances for African-American and other minority group patients to receive organs for transplants, one of the surgeons said.

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