Transplanting hepatitis C-positive kidneys into people without the virus can save lives, now that hepatitis C treatments are highly effective.
Even for people who have been waiting years for a new kidney, this is still not a choice easily made.
Stay on dialysis longer or accept a kidney from a deceased donor with hepatitis C.
On the one hand, patients on the kidney transplant waiting list typically undergo dialysis three or more days a week for hours each time to clear their blood of toxins.
The average wait time for a kidney is three to five years and even longer in some parts of the United States.
Another option — receiving a kidney carrying the hepatitis C virus — means the patient becomes infected. Left untreated, this can become a lifelong disease that damages the liver, in some cases leading to liver failure.
But new, highly effective medications for hepatitis C may make this a much better option — and more palatable for people waiting for a new kidney.
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