- Kidneys from old donors who are age-matched with the patient are viable for transplant operations, a study finds
- Even kidneys from 80-year-old patients showed high success rates
(CNN)Transplant centers come up short more often than not when treating patients in need of a kidney, as there is a shortage of donors. Yet kidneys donated by people 65 or older can still function for many years after transplantation, according to a study published Thursday in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The results suggest that a new source of quality kidneys could be available to patients in need of life-saving transplants.