New Cell Therapy For Kidney Transplants

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MADISON, Wi (MetroSource-WSAU)  The UW Hospital is launching the first study in the country involving cell therapy for kidney transplant issues. 

People who have kidney transplants can experience a potentially serious infection called cytomegalovirus or CMV.  As part of the study, doctors will infuse donor immune cells into people who develop the infection. 

The CDC says more than ten-percent of American adults have chronic kidney disease.  Roughly 100-thousand people remain on the kidney transplant waiting list, but only about 16-thousand transplants happen every year.