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A recent report from UNOS states:

The kidney discard rate has returned to pre-KAS levels, dropping from 20.2 percent in the first six months to 18.4 percent in months 7-10.

To me, this seems quite high considering the number of people waiting for a kidney. Why is this rate not lower?

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  • $\begingroup$ If you click through the link on the page you linked to is a presentation, transplantpro.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/… Towards the end is a slide that shows reasons for discarding. The majority were biopsy findings (probably some infection or precancerous lesion) no donor found in time (Not all organs are a match of the people on the transplant lists) $\endgroup$ – AMR Nov 22 '15 at 20:54
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    $\begingroup$ Not a transplant surgeon, but... we're not going to rush to put a mediocre kidney in someone when that kidney may not do well in the long term. There's always a chance of developing renal failure again - and, if you've already exposed the patient to those foreign antigens on the donor kidney, then they are even more highly sensitized to any future transplant kidneys. $\endgroup$ – Vance L Albaugh Nov 25 '15 at 3:35

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