New way to find who will reject kidney transplants

[lin_video src=×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1372977073&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4128376&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1372977073 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The National Institutes of Health-funded Research has identified a new, non-invasive way to tell which patients will reject their kidney transplants.

Doctors usually perform a kidney biopsy to see if the body is rejecting the new organ, but they usually only do that after signs of distress.

Doctors say the new urine-based test is more accurate and could allow doctors to intervene earlier.

About 10 to 15 percent of kidney recipients experience rejection within a year of the transplant.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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