Donating a Kidney
People suffering from total kidney failure must endure significant hardships, including the painful and time-consuming process of dialysis. The best long-term answer for most people with total kidney failure is a kidney transplant.
Although kidney transplants are fairly successful, there are many cases in which the human body rejects a transplanted kidney. The human body is highly selective and is often reluctant to accept organs from a donor. To increase the chances of a successful kidney transplant procedure, doctors use various methods to determine the viability of a potential donor.
Close family members are typically the best option as a kidney donor, but a person does not have to be of family relation to donate a kidney.* Some of the factors considered by doctors when evaluating the potential success of a kidney transplant include:
- Blood Type: Is the donor's blood compatible with the patient?*
- HLAs: Do the donor's HLAs (human leukocyte antigens) match the patient's HLAs? Each human has six HLAs. A complete match is not necessary for doctors to attempt a kidney transplant procedure.*
- Cross-matching antigens: Doctors perform a blood test of the donor and patient to determine if a cross-match (or negative reaction) occurs. If no adverse reaction occurs, the doctors can proceed with the kidney transplant procedure.*
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* This information is gathered from the official website of the Kidney and Urology Foundation of America.