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Improving the Odds for Kidney Transplants

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Air date: November 13, 2011

Host: Barbara Lewis

Men's & Women's Health Patient Care IU Health
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Interview: Tim Tabor, MD
Associate professor of clinical medicine
Medical director of transplant nephrology
Indiana University School of Medicine

About a third of patients in line to get a kidney transplant have a quirk in their immune system that makes it ready to attack the new organ.

Itís called being "pre-sensitized," and it can develop because of an earlier failed transplant, or maybe a blood transfusion, or even a pregnancy. Pre-sensitized patients are likely to reject the transplanted organ.

IU Health physician Tim Taber directs the transplant and pancreas transplant program for IU Health, and he is an associate professor at the IU School of Medicine.

He joins Barbara Lewis to explain what he and his team do to "desensitize" his kidney transplant patients.

Dr. Tim Taber directs the kidney and pancreas transplant program at IU Health.

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