Almost half of 60+ die awaiting kidney transplant

June 19, 2009 2:03:23 PM PDT
Nearly one of every two people over the age of 60 who are hoping for a kidney transplant will die while on the waiting list. That's according to a study from the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. It found that other factors such as having diabetes, being black, having certain blood types and being older than 70 also increased the odds that someone would die while waiting for a donated kidney.

Researchers say, if people know a transplant is a possibility, they should get on a waiting list even before they start dialysis and do so at more than one medical center to improve their odds.