Kidney transplant involved 14 patients

August 5, 2009 10:31:33 AM PDT
Surgeons at two Washington hospitals have now performed a record seven kidney transplants at one time. The so-called "Domino Transplant" involved 14 patients who were not perfect matches.

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The surgeons used a process known as a "plasma exchange." The procedure filters the recipient's blood plasma and eliminates the chances of an organ rejection. Some of the patients just met for the first time Wednesday during a news conference at Georgetown University.

The transplants were performed there and at Washington Hospital Center over a four-day period in July. Doctors say it was the largest-ever kidney exchange of its kind in one city.

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