New way to find who will reject kidney transplants

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The National Institutes of Health-funded Research has identified a new, non-invasive way to tell which patients will reject their kidney transplants.

Doctors usually perform a kidney biopsy to see if the body is rejecting the new organ, but they usually only do that after signs of distress.

Doctors say the new urine-based test is more accurate and could allow doctors to intervene earlier.

About 10 to 15 percent of kidney recipients experience rejection within a year of the transplant.

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