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September 26, 2010

Blood Test Could Predict Transplant Organ Rejection

Researchers at Stanford University in the US have developed a simple and inexpensive blood test that can detect whether the body will reject a transplanted organ. The researchers evaluated the blood samples of 39 kidney and 63 heart transplant recipients, identifying three blood proteins

By cms admin

Researchers at Stanford University in the US have developed a simple and inexpensive blood test that can detect whether the body will reject a transplanted organ.

The researchers evaluated the blood samples of 39 kidney and 63 heart transplant recipients, identifying three blood proteins that increase during acute organ rejection using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.

The test allows doctors to identify episodes of acute rejection early, giving them time to administer immunosuppressive drugs.

The researchers are evaluating the test in heart and lung transplant patients, and estimate it could be commercially available in three to five years.

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