By Connor Boyd For Mailonline
Published: 18:00 BST, 2 September 2019 | Updated: 18:01 BST, 2 September 2019
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)
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.
Hepatitis C is inflammation of the liver and there is no preventive vaccine.