Doctors performing kidney transplant on girl, 9, discover shocking abnormality in donated organ
Doctors in the United Kingdom have been diagnosed with abnormal renal artery disease
Most of the time, the kidney has one renal artery –
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Renal arteries form from mesonephric arteries when a baby develops into the womb. Sometimes, more than one mesonephric arteries are present, multiple renal arteries can form as a result, doctors from Manchester, England, wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) Thursday.
But three or more
The kidney had five renal arteries, which doctors say is unusual.
"Kidneys with multiple arteries are more technically challenging to transplant and are associated with an increased risk of vascular complications," they wrote, noting this is especially true for children,
As a result, the 9-year-old girl – who suffered from a dysplastic kidney (when the organ does not form properly in the womb) and chronic kidney disease – what not to undergo the transplant.
Instead, the rare kidney – which came out of a deceased donor – was given to a 35-year-old man, three years post-op, which is "clinically well," the authors wrote.
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As for the girl, she is about to receive a kidney about 18 months after she was initially slated to undergo transplant surgery.
"At the 2-year follow-up, she was so clinically well, "doctors said.