Paired Donations

What happens when you find someone willing to donate a kidney to you – but it isn’t a good match?  Not too long ago, that would mean the search would need to continue until a suitable match was found. There is, however, an emerging strategy for overcoming this hurdle.  It’s called Paired Kidney Donation.



How It Works

Using new software which takes into account many of the variables involved in a kidney transplant (blood type, HLA crossmatch, etc.), several institutions have been able to match three or more donor-recipient pairs.

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As discussed in the Living Donation section of this site, living kidney donations traditionally provide better patient outcomes and increased kidney survival compared to deceased kidney donation.

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Paired Donation Networks

There are a number of transplant centers who participate in regional exchange programs across the country.



Number of kidney transplants performed in the United States. Learn More