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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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Living Kidney Donation’s Medical Risks Are Unknown, says Segev

Dr. Dorry Segev is a transplant surgeon and researcher at Johns Hopkins with many living kidney donation publications on his resume. At the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Winter Symposium 2015, he gave a presentation entitled “Long-Term Living Donor Outcomes; When to Say No“. If you have an extra 20  minutes, I suggest sitting down …

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Related Kidney Donors Need Aftercare and Support

This study from 2004, entitled “Psychological effects of living related kidney transplantation – risks and chances“, looked at 31 donor-recipient pairs. It concludes:   A. Living kidney donor transplantation is stressful for recipients, donors *and* their families, B. The recipient’s post-transplant health affects the donor’s psychological well-being. [Note: Yet another reason to focus on the quality …

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Open Letter to Luis Fabregas

Last month, Luis Fabregas from the Pittsburgh Tribune penned this article about the implementation of OPTN’s newest living donor evaluation requirements. I sent Mr. Fabregas my thoughts on his article, but he declined to respond. Here’s what I wrote:   Luis, I’ve been following your articles on transplant related issues for a number of years. While …

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Kidney Donors Over 60 Have Good Recipient Results

A single transplant center analysis of 181 living kidney donors categorized by age revealed that “donor age…was not a risk factor for patient or graft survival”. The death-uncensored graft survival rates in the 3 subgroups (.39; 40-59; 60+) were 64.5%, 76.0% and 90.9%, respectively, whereas their mean estimated glomerular filtration rates 1 year after transplantation were 40.7 …

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