Transplanting kidneys from patients with hepatitis C could be SAFE, trial finds

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() Transplanting kidneys from patients with hepatitis C could be SAFE: Trial finds 53 people stayed free of infection after receiving the donated organs Currently, people with hep-C cannot donate kidneys unless recipient is infected  But American scientists say process is safe after trial of 53 patients in Memphis The participants all stayed free of hepatitis C infection after the procedure 

By Connor Boyd For Mailonline

Published: 18:00 BST, 2 September 2019 | Updated: 18:01 BST, 2 September 2019

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People infected with hepatitis C may be able to donate their kidney without the risk of infection spreading, a study has suggested. 

Hepatitis C is spreads through the bloodstream, therefore those infected are not allowed to donate blood or organs. 

Currently, hepatitis C kidneys can only be transferred to patients already infected with the virus.

But American scientists now say the process is safe after successfully transplanting 53 infected kidneys into healthy recipients, none of whom contracted the virus. 

American scientists say transplanting kidneys from patients with hepatitis C is safe after successfully transplanting 53 infected kidneys into healthy recipients (file image)

American scientists say transplanting kidneys from patients with hepatitis C is safe after successfully transplanting 53 infected kidneys into healthy recipients (file image)

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that inflames the liver and is usually acquired from infected blood. If left untreated, the infection can cirrhosis - or scarring of the liver. 

Over time, this can cause the liver to stop working properly. In severe cases, life-threatening problems such as liver failure or liver cancer can eventually develop. 

WHAT IS HEPATITIS C?  

Hepatitis C is inflammation of the liver and there is no preventive vaccine.

There are

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