Live kidney donors have small increased risk for kidney disease

According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, 12,095 kidney donations took place in the US last year, of which 5,178 were from living donors. But new research published in JAMA suggests that living kidney donors may have a small increased risk of developing kidney disease after donation, compared with healthy non-donors.

The availability of living donations is critical for those who suffer end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Living kidney donations are associated with more timely transplants and better recipient outcomes, compared with kidney donations from deceased individuals.

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