Preformed donor-specific antibodies (DSAs) limit access to transplantation for thousands of renal transplant patients. While kidney paired donation offers the best strategy for patients with a living donor, for very highly sensitized patients and those without living donors, a strategy of desensitization offers the best hope of transplantation. Removal of DSAs with plasmapheresis, intravenous immunoglobulin and anti-CD20 antibodies can permit successful transplantation. While the clinical outcomes remain inferior to compatible transplant and the costs are significantly greater, when compared with long-term dialysis treatment, these strategies are offer improved survival and are cost-effective given nationally accepted benchmarks.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2020|
- donor-specific antibody
- economic analysis
- kidney transplant
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