Kidney transplants more likely to fail sooner with Black recipients or Asian donors: UK study

Two groups are much more likely to have their kidney transplants fail sooner than their white counterparts: Black recipients and recipients who received kidneys from Asian donors, according to new research presented at the European Society for Organ Transplantation (ESOT) Congress 2021.

The study of 20,304 kidneys transplanted between 2001 and 2015 from the U.K. National Health Service Transplant Registry suggests that the disparity is due to a combination of factors faced by ethnic minorities, including overall health.

“For a start, ethnic minority patients face significant disadvantage in access to the renal transplant waiting lists in the U.K. and may wait twice as long as White recipients for a deceased donor renal transplant, spending longer time on dialysis, so their health may have deteriorated more,” said Dr. Abdul Rahman Hakeem, a transplant surgeon at St James’s University Hospital NHS Trust, in Leeds, England.

“The longer wait for a donor

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