Monday, September 15, 2008

Genetic Mutations may have link to Transplant Rejection in Patients

Transplant rejection may be linked to a genetic mutation found in some recipients, according to a recent study at Children's Hospital. Principal Investigator Dr. Rakesh Sindhi says these mutation can better predict who will experience rejection before having a transplant. These are all genes that "you and I carry," Sindhi explains, but certain ones may prove to have this correllation.

In the future, these predictions will provide more personalized anti-rejection treatment for patients. Those who carry the mutation will receive heavier medication does, while others who do not will receive the normal amount. Once more studies are done on genetic mutation, and FDA has approval of the technique, Sindhi says doctors can begin practicing the new treatment.

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