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Surgeon’s Learning Curve Endangers Living Kidney Donor

This recently published paper followed one surgeon as he performed 60 living donor nephrectomies. The first 30 were hand-assisted laparoscopic and the second 30 were pure laparoscopic. Here’s how his patients fared (emphasis mine):   Thirteen patients (43.3%) in the [hand-assisted] group experienced a total of 17 intraoperative errors, and 11 (36.7%) in the [pure …

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More on Kidney Donor Jamie Donaldson’s Death

On April 16, 2015, Jamie Donaldson died while donating a kidney to his father, Frank Donaldson, at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers, Florida. Per federal guidelines, Gulf Coast’s transplant services were suspended until an investigation is complete. Liz Freeman, of the Naples Daily News, has been covering this story from the beginning. Below …

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How to Eliminate Some Living Donation Related Costs

Note: Typical with most recently published studies, I’m only able to see the abstract for this one.   Authors collected info from 194 living kidney donors enrolled in the KDOC study. “Most LKDs (n=187, 96%) reported one or more direct costs, including ground transportation (80%), healthcare (24%), lodging (17%) and air transportation (14%)…..Higher total costs …

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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 ┬áminutes, I suggest sitting down …

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