Post-Transplant Risks Not Found

UK researchers reported the results of a small retrospective study of 10 deceased solid organ donors who had been diagnosed with CFS and the health of the recipients of their organs. None of the organ recipients had developed CFS in the post-transplant follow-up period. They concluded with the suggestion that there is no justification for excluding those with CFS from organ donation, due to the shortage of organs and significant mortality of those awaiting transplants. The authors acknowledged the conflicting evidence for XMRV infection in CFS and indicated that transmission of viruses by solid-organ transplantation is well-recognized in cases of hepatitis B and C and HIV. This study was aimed at whether organ transplants could transmit CFS; the report did not reflect testing either donors or recipients for XMRV. (Transplantation, Apr. 15, 2011)

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