Antibody Response Linked With Rejection in Pediatric Kidney Transplant Recipients, California Pacific Medical Center Study  
3/1/2013 7:42:19 AM

A transplanted kidney has a finite life expectancy because it often becomes the target of the recipient's immune system, which may mount antibodies that attack the organ. Because there is a critical need to extend the life of transplanted organs -- especially in children, who can face two to three kidney transplants in their lifetime -- researchers recently examined the role of this antibody-mediated injury in rejection and the effectiveness of medications to prevent it.