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Noninvasive protein test can better predict kidney transplant outcomes

In a multicenter research study published in the Aug 22 2013 issue of American Journal of Transplantation, authors report that a low level of a protein called CXCL9 can rule out rejection as a cause of kidney injury. Currently, the only definitive way to distinguish rejection from other causes of kidney is to perform a biopsy. While this is generally safe, it does carry some risk for the patient and is not always accurate. “A noninvasive urine test to accurately monitor the risk of kidney rejection could dramatically reduce the need fr biopsies and possibly enable doctors to safely reduce immunosuppressive therapy in some patients” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

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