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October 1986

The Living Kidney Donor: Alive and Well

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Rochester General Hospital, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY (Dr A. Spital) and the Department of Psychiatry, Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division, White Plains, NY (Dr M. Spital). Dr. R. Spital (Columbia, Md) is a member of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1986;146(10):1993-1996. doi:10.1001/archinte.1986.00360220153026

• The results of cadaveric renal transplantation have markedly improved in recent years. Concurrently, a few long-term follow-up studies of living kidney donors found an increased incidence of proteinuria and hypertension. As a result, some have argued that living donors should no longer be the preferred source of kidneys. To see if transplant centers are moving away from the use of living donors, we sent a questionnaire to all US transplant centers. The results of our survey show that rather than becoming extinct, living donors are still the preferred source of kidneys at most US transplant centers. In fact, new ways are being sought to increase the supply of living kidney donors.

(Arch Intern Med 1986;146:1993-1996)

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