Study finds possible cause of high transplant failure rates

09/2/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Immunological differences could be a factor behind lower survival rates after heart transplants among blacks compared with patients of other races, according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Insufficient immunosuppression appeared to be a factor in the mortality rates of black patients, researchers said. Transplant failure occurred with 31% of black patients versus 21% of Asians, 27% of Hispanics and 26% of whites.

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