Heart transplant in kids: speedy operation 'better than waiting for match'

November 20, 2014 8:06 AM

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Heart transplant in kids: speedy operation 'better than waiting for match'

The research - led by Dr. Brian Feingold of the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania - was recently presented at the American Heart Association's (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2014.

Though experts have long advocated the waiting approach to heart transplants, Dr. Feingold says patients with antibodies in their blood are at high risk while waiting for their perfect match. He adds that 20% of children waiting for a heart transplant may have these antibodies.

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