Any person in good health can be evaluated as a living donor — the donor can be a blood relative or unrelated to the recipient.
The best possible donors for a transplant are siblings (brothers or sisters), parents or children of the recipient. The next preferred donors are other relatives (half brothers or sisters, grandparents, cousins, etc.). Other donors that can be considered are unrelated donors (spouses, friends, coworkers) and non-directed donors (people willing to donate to a person in need, without knowing or having any emotional attachment to the recipient).
Donors must be greater than 18 years old. They must not have a history of cancer, diabetes or chronic kidney stones. They must also be a compatible blood type. Patient pairs that are not blood type compatible may be eligible for paired exchange transplant.
A standard set of selection criteria are used to determine if it is safe or appropriate for a person to be a living kidney donor. The following conditions must be met for a patient to be considered as a living donor at our Transplant Center.
The following may prevent a candidate from being eligible for living donation:
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