In three different hospital populations 10.8% of all patients coming to autopsy were either acceptable or possibly acceptable kidney donors. Age, morphologic evidence of renal disease, neoplasm, or severe infection were used as excluding criteria and can be used for the evaluation of potential donors among patients in a terminal condition. We substantiated the assumption that patients suffering from severe traumatic injuries and central nervous system disease were the best potential donors, and patients with degenerative diseases were rarely suitable. Our excluding criteria can be used by physicians practicing in the community hospitals to identify possible organ donors.
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