March 23rd, 2010

New Finding for Organ Donors

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A major study of kidney donations provides the strongest evidence yet that organ donors live just as long as people who go through life with two kidneys…

 

Perhaps 10% to 20% of candidate donors withdraw for non-medical reasons, estimates Raymond Heilman, a Mayo Clinic nephrologist. The true rate is difficult to determine, as transplant centers closely guard potential donors' privacy. Many transplant centers offer a "medical out," citing a nonexistent condition like high blood pressure, to shield dropouts from familial pressure to donate.

 

Wall Street Journal, by Jeremy Singer-Vine, 3/22/2010

Tags: Dr. Raymond Heilman, Mayo Clinic Arizona, organ donors, Transplant

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