New option could increase minority kidney transplantsFeb. 7, 2019, 4:31 PM
People with blood type B who received a kidney transplant of blood type A2 kidneys had similar outcomes to those with blood type B who received blood type B kidneys.
However, hospital costs were significantly higher in the former group, and alternative payment models should be considered, according to the results of a three-year Vanderbilt study.
The study’s finding is significant because only about 15 percent of people generally have blood type B, which is more common in African-Americans. As a result, such populations have historically been transplanted at lower rates than the much more common blood types A and O because fewer organs are available.