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Unlocking the benefits of transplantation with kidneys from older donors

Kidneys from older donors might improve the quality of life and survival of patients with kidney failure, yet these organs are often underutilized. Re-framing discussions of organ acceptance from older donors and its benefits over dialysis, especially for older patients and those who cannot tolerate prolonged waiting for transplantation, is urgently needed.

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K.L.L. is supported by the Mid-America Transplant/Jane A. Beckman Endowed Chair in Transplantation and is a senior scientist of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

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Correspondence to Vidya A. Fleetwood or Krista L. Lentine.

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K.L.L. receives consulting fees from CareDx and speaker honoraria from Sanofi. V.A.F. declares no competing interests.

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Fleetwood, V.A., Lentine, K.L. Unlocking the benefits of transplantation with kidneys from older donors. Nat Rev Nephrol (2024).

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