Man to Receive Kidney from Brother With Different Blood Type: Novel Blood-Cleaning Procedure Used for Kidney Transplant, St. Michael's Hospital Reveals

Published: Jul 27, 2011

St. Michael's Hospital is the firs hospital t in North America to use a novel blood-cleaning procedure for a kidney patient that will allow him to receive a transplant from a donor with a different blood type. Transplants involving a donor and recipient with different blood types are rare. Most people have natural antibodies in their blood that would cause their immune system to reject an organ from someone with a different blood type. The procedure used on July 26 is called plasmapheresis and is similar to kidney dialysis, which removes waste products from the blood. Plasmapheresis separates plasma from patient's blood, and runs it through a column-shaped device containing synthetic carbohydrate beads that trap the blood group antibodies. The "washed" plasma is then returned to the patient's body.

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