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September 1971

Kidney Transplant Donors: Estimate of Availability by Autopsy Survey

Author Affiliations

Columbia, Mo
From the Department of Pathology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia. Dr. Miller is now with the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington.

Arch Surg. 1971;103(3):359-362. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350090041009

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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