Many kidneys discarded in the United States would be transplanted in France

French organ transplant centers are far more likely to accept “lower-rated” kidneys, like those from older organ donors, than centers in the United States, according to a first-of-its kind analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine. French transplant centers would have transplanted more than 60 percent—about 17,500 kidneys—of the nearly 28,000 deceased-donor kidneys discarded in the United States between 2004 and 2014, according to the research team from Penn Medicine and the Paris Transplant Group.

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“These findings highlight the striking disparities in organ acceptance between the two countries and suggest that many of the 90,000 Americans awaiting a kidney transplant could reap major benefits from a more aggressive approach,” says study co-author Peter Reese, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine. “Our study provides fresh evidence that organs from older deceased donors are a valuable, underused resource—particularly for people on the waitlist who otherwise may not receive a transplant at all.”

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