New findings give infants a greater window of opportunity, better survival odds
A study showing that infants under one year of age can accept heart transplants from donors of different blood groups without the risk of organ rejection means a better chance of survival for infant patients and more efficient use of donor organs overall.
Results will be presented at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Annual Meeting and Scientific Session in Philadelphia this week.
The study, published in Nature Medicine, shows that a heart from a donor with Type A blood can successfully be transplanted into an infant with Type O blood. Unlike older children and adults, babies do not yet have the antibodies that would normally reject antigens from a different blood type.
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