ANTONIA REEVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ANTONIA REEVE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Donor kidney storage. View of a storage box containing a donor kidney needed for a transplant operation. Kidneys can be kept alive for several days outside the body by keeping them cool and sterile. Kidney transplantation is the simplest and most commonly performed organ transplant, and it has a very high success rate. It is done to replace kidneys with chronic kidney failure. Successful recipients must take immunosuppressant drugs for the rest of their lives to prevent rejection of the new kidney.
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