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Monday, February 6, 2012

Unique Organ Transplant Now Offered at QA Hospital, UK

Portsmouth News

A revolutionary kidney transplant which allows a person with a different blood group to donate an organ is now being offered at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The transplant technique which is only available at a handful of hospitals in Europe, allows surgeons to transplant a kidney from donor to recipient even if their blood types do not match. Patients with the functioning transplant will then have an extra 10-15 years of life compared to the treatment option dialysis.

The ABO incompatible transplantation( ABOi) was previously only available in a small number of UK Transplanting centers, meaning local patients were referred to Oxford or London and had to travel up to two hours for the procedure and follow up.

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