Many doctors mistakenly believe patients over the age of 65 aren’t good candidates for kidney transplant. But a recent study indicates otherwise.
Newswise — Thousands more American senior citizens with kidney disease are good candidates for transplants and could get them if physicians would get past outdated medical biases and put them on transplant waiting lists, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers.
The Hopkins investigators estimate that between 1999 and 2006, roughly 9,000 adults over 65 would have been “excellent” transplant candidates and approximately 40,000 more older adults would have been “good” candidates for new kidneys. None, however, were given the chance.
Find out why researchers believe this should change: