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Blood boost for kidney patients

27th May 2010

Kidney transplant patients in the west of England are able to receive organs from donors with a different blood group for the first time.

Southmead Hospital in Bristol has become one of the first outside London to offer “blood group incompatible kidney transplantation” after evidence that a third of potential kidney donations from family members had failed to proceed in the past because those involved had different blood types. Under the new procedure, blood is washed to remove harmful antibodies.


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