A North Carolina man has had a transplanted kidney removed, after doctors learned the organ contained cancer.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that 66-year-old Bob Warzel of Calabash escaped the lymphoma that the kidney carried. The disease was discovered after a patient at Duke University Medical Center who received the second kidney from the same donor rejected the organ.
Duke abdominal transplant surgery head Dr. Deb Sudan said it's impossible to biopsy and test every transplanted body part.
Federal records show more than 16,000 kidney transplants are done each year in the United States. Over a 15 year period, only 39 deceased kidney donors had a disease history of lymphoma or leukemia.