Kidney Paired Donation: A single center approach to increase living donor transplantation

 Bingaman A, Kapturczak M, Murphey C, Wright F.

(Excerpt) "The kidney paired donation KPD program at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital (MSTH) in San Antonio has significantly increased access to transplantation for patients with incompatible living donors, especially for disadvantaged group such as the highly sensitized population of repeat transplant patients and multiparous women. The KPD program increased overall live donor activity allowing MSTH to become the largest living donor kidney transplant center in the nation in 2009. In 2010, MSTH performed 193 living donor kidney transplants with 68 (35%) transplants from the KPD program. This demonstrates that an effective KPD program can significantly benefit difficult patients and increase transplant access and activity in a single center setting."

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