Category Archive: Living Donor Risks

Risks related to being a living organ donor

1 in 10 Living Kidney Donors Report Negative Outcome

The RELIVE study is a poor substitute for comprehensive, mandatory living donor follow-up, but in the US where the healthcare system is capitalistic and money buys political influence, RELIVE is all we’ve got. So, with a 36% response rate (dismal), the researchers found that 1 in 10 (10%) of living kidney donors report at least …

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Potential Kidney Donors Are Ambivalent

According to this Irish transplant center. 15.5% of potential LKDs voluntarily writhdrew from the evaluation process. However, the number is actually higher than they’re reporting. Apparently, In Ireland, if multiple potential LKDs come forward for a recipient and they are all acceptable blood and HLA matches, only *one* is permitted to continue with the evaluation …

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How Many Living Kidney Donors Were Obese Pre-Donation?

47,705 adult living kidney donors as reported to OPTN from 1999 to 2011 were analyzed using their pre-donation BMI (body mass index) 35.6% were normal weight. 40.5% were overweight 18.9% were mildly obese 4.2% were moderate to morbidly obese Overweight and mildly obese kidney donors have increased through time by 12% and 20% every 5 …

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Kidney Donors Suffer More Pain

The authors compared 30 living kidney donors with 30 other individuals who underwent a nephrectomy (kidney removal) because of a tumor. They found that living kidney donors experienced more pain than the comparison group, and they asked for (and were given) more pain medications. Wang, J., Fu, Y., Yuan, T., & Wang, N. (2015). Comparison …

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Psychiatric Complications in Living Liver Donors

The authors studiedĀ 142 donors who underwent live-donor liver transplantation at Nagoya University Hospital between April 2004 and July 2014. None of the living donors had pre-existing psychological complaints prior to donation.   4.2% developed psychiatric complaints after donation, including major depressive disorder, panic disorder, conversion disorder, and substance use disorder. (my emphasis) “all donors received …

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