Living kidney donors who are in need of a kidney transplant later in life experience shorter waiting times and receive better quality kidneys, according to a study in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Researchers led by Peter Reese, MD, MSCE, of the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine wanted to examine whether or not a current U.S. policy that gives priority to prior organ donors on the transplant list was effective. They analyzed prior donors and matched them with non-donors on a waitlist from 1996 to 2010.
“The research reveals that, fortunately, these donors did not wait a long time for their kidney transplants and received high quality kidneys,” Dr.Reese said. “This study shows that the policy is working: prior organ donors get rapid access to high quality organs.”
The survival of these patients is also excellent compared to those who were not prior organ donors. The study noted, however, that most prior organ donors required dialysis before receiving their transplanted kidney. Ideally, they would receive their new kidney before the need for dialysis.
Prior organ donors who later need a kidney transplant experience brief waiting times and receive excellent quality kidneys, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The findings indicate that a US policy that gives priority to prior organ donors on the transplant waiting list is working. Live organ donors provide a remarkable gift to relieve another person of the burden of organ failure.
While most live kidney donors enjoy excellent health after kidney donation, recent research has revealed that kidney donation is linked with an increased risk of developing kidney failure.