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Double Transplant Frees Patient From Need For Immunosuppressive Drugs

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August 26, 1999
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Massachusetts General Hospital
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For the first time, physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have deliberately induced a state of immune tolerance in a transplant recipient, enabling the patient to discontinue drug treatment without rejecting a transplanted kidney.

While organ transplants have been one of the great success stories of 20th century medicine, one of the downsides of the lifesaving procedures has been the requirement that organ recipients take powerful drugs to suppress their immune system for the rest of their lives. Now for the first time, physicians at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have deliberately induced a state of immune tolerance in a transplant recipient, enabling the patient to discontinue drug treatment without rejecting a transplanted kidney.


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