Category Archive: Ethical Considerations

The ethics or living organ donation

More Bad News For Iranian Kidney Donors – er – Sellers

From Transplant Proceedings:   With assistance of the Iranian Kidney Foundation, we accessed the contact information of living donors through the years 2001–2012. We tried to contact donors who have donated at least 2 years before the survey. We interviewed these donors according to a questionnaire that was approved by the ethics committee of the …

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Extended Criteria Liver Donors At Higher Risk For Complications

As the authors say: “Donor selection criteria are being continuously modified to expand the potential donor pool in living donor liver transplantation”   “Donors who were older than 55 years, and/or with BMI >30, and/or with a remnant liver volume of <30% were defined as extended criteria donors.” (Think about that for a second; medical personnel …

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Living Kidney Donor Promotion Disguised As Best Practices

Last summer, the American Society of Transplantation sponsored a “Best Practices in Living Kidney Donation” Consensus Conference. In January, OPTN distributed an Executive Summary of the conference’s recommendations (Best-Practices-in-LKD-Consensus-Conference-June-2014). Shortly thereafter, the American Journal of Transplantation (owned and operated by the American Society of Transplantation) published an article about the conference. I received the Executive …

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How Victims of Organ Trafficking in Bangladesh Fare

My prior post addressed how the attitudes underlying kidney markets has infiltrated our own. Today, I want to discuss how the kidney sellers fared after relinquishing their kidney: (any bolding is mine)   After the surgery, the first thing the sellers notice is the rough cut about 20 inches long on their bodies. The sellers are …

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Biolviolence and Organ Donation

I’d never heard the term “bioviolence” until today, when I began reading an article by Monir Moniruzzaman entitled “Living Cadavers in Bangladesh”. While the article is an examination of organ trafficking in Bangladesh, its themes extend into issues regarding all forms of human organ and tissue use – and commercialization. This paragraph in particular:   In …

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