Risks: Older kidneys work fine for transplants

For most transplant patients, a kidney received from a donor as old as 64 is just as likely to be successful as one from a younger person, according to a new analysis.Using data from more than 50,000 living donor transplants from 1998 through 2003, researchers at UBC concluded that the age of the donor made no difference to the eventual success of the transplant — except for recipients ages 18 to 39, who were more likely to succeed with a donor their own age.“Accepting an older donor up to the age of 64 does not negatively impact your outcome,” said the senior author of the study, Dr. John S. Gill, an associate professor of medicine at UBC.

New York Times, Tue Mar 27 2012, Page: 6, By: Nicholas Bakalar, Link to full text