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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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Left Kidney Donation Preference

During living kidney donation, the left kidney is most often taken because the right kidney rests behind the liver. In simple terms, it’s easier to access the left kidney. But it also appears that the left kidney has a longer renal vessel than the right (an important consideration that is rarely, if ever, mentioned during …

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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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Liver Regeneration in Living Donors

The authors examined the liver function and liver volume of 91 right liver lobe donors. Within a year of donating, 96% had regained full liver function but only 85% had full pre-donation liver volume.   Unfortunately, these results say nothing about the long term risk of scarring (cirrhosis) or otherwise.   Duclos J, Bhangui P, …

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