Kidney Transplantation From Unrelated Living Donors
Levey, Andrew S.
Bush, Harry L.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1986 Apr 3; 314(14): 914-916.
Even in the face of a shortage of cadaveric kidneys for transplantation, renal dialysis centers discourage organ procurement from living donors who are not related to a potential transplant recipient. The authors argue that there are good medical and ethical justifications for a change in this policy. Clinical developments in the past 20 years have made cadaveric transplantation a safe and effective procedure, and there are medical indications that transplantations from living unrelated donors may lead to superior graft function and survival. Regardless of outcome, donors may benefit from the satisfaction of offering the "gift of life," and safeguards can be instituted to assure that the decision to donate is truly informed and voluntary. (KIE abstract)
Cadavers; Consent; Donors; Informed Consent; Kidney Diseases; Kidneys; Kidney Transplantation; Life; Living Donors; Morbidity; Mortality; Motivation; Organ Donation; Organ Donors; Organ Transplantation; Organ Procurement; Prevalence; Prognosis; Renal Dialysis; Risks and Benefits; Scarcity; Statistics; Tissue Donation; Tissue Transplantation; Transplantation;
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