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USA discards 3500 donated kidneys each year

Aug 28, 2019 17:57 IST

While 93,000 people wait to receive a donated kidney in the US at the moment, a whopping 3500 donated kidneys are being discarded every year, according to a new study. Published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the study suggests that over 37 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and almost 5000 people die each year while being on the wait list for an organ. The researchers looked at number of deceased donors with organs offered to transplant centres between 2004 and 2014, and it was revealed that more than 17% of the donated kidneys in the country were discarded. 

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