Why Are Nearly Half of Expanded Criteria Donor (ECD) Kidneys Not Transplanted?


* Corresponding author: J. Michael Cecka, mcecka@ucla.edu


In the face of a growing demand for kidney transplants among older patients, we discard more than 40% of older deceased donor kidneys that were recovered for transplantation in the US. It is time to take a closer look at why so many donated kidneys are judged to be unsuitable for transplantation. See also article by Sung et al in this issue on page 783.