Category Archive: Living Donor Misinformation

living donor misinformation and propaganda

Weill Cornell Medical College’s Living Kidney Donor Resources, part i

Google Alerts dropped Cornell’s website into my inbox recently (which means they must’ve updated it). First is this, the typical pro-living donor propaganda we’ve come to expect, which includes: The majority of studies have found that: – The risk to a donor’s physical health is minimal in both the short-term (surrounding the surgery) and long-term …

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Marketing Masquerading as Journalism

If there’s one thing the Cleveland Clinic is good at, it’s self-promotion. And in the past couple of years, they’ve used The Plain Dealer’s Angela Townsend as their messenger (via cleveland.com). Here’s the latest: http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2013/09/cleveland_clinic_researchers_s_1.html   Excerpts: “…analyzing health data from more than 69,000 living donors from 1998 to 2010″ ” Complications declined over time, …

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Risks of Being Born With Solitary Kidney

When the long-term risks of donating a kidney are discussed, too often someone will bring up that folks born with one kidney are ‘fine’. So I wanted to share this:   Children with a solitary kidney (SK) have an increased long-term risk of hypertension, albuminuria and glomerulosclerosis.   A two-kidneyed person relinquishing a kidney is …

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U.S. Transplant Centers’ Informed Consent Forms Are Deficient

The authors examined written informed consent forms from 148 U.S. transplant centers to assess their compliance with OPTN and CMS regulations passed in 2007.   Results:  …most centers’ evaluation consent forms do not include all CMS and OPTN requirements. Multiple items balancing donor and recipient interests and confidentiality were omitted. In addition, information about payment …

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Media Coverage of Living Donation

In a group (supposedly) for living organ donors, a person who serves as a kidney broker*, helping would-be recipients locate willing stranger donors, deluges the membership with the ‘happy’ donor stories so prolific in the news. One of the more recent quoted the kidney saying that donating ‘was no big deal’. I remarked with these …

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