Posts Tagged ‘living donor’

August 14, 2011

Organ donation from children: time for legal, ethical and cultural change.


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This article examines the child as an organ donor, both while alive and after death, from a European perspective.  Differences between the European and North American systems (e.g. allowable definition of brain death in infants, donation after cardiac death and allowing capable adolescents to be living donors) are discussed, and a re-examination of the laws […]

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August 14, 2011

2010 consensus conference on liver transplantation for HCC: Should we use living donor grafts for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)?


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This article examines the ethical considerations around using living donors for liver transplantation for recipients with hepatocellular carcinoma. The authors summarize the discussion and recommendations of a 2010 consensus conference on this issue and answer three questions:  Why is live donation necessary at all and is it different for patients with HCC? What is double […]

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August 14, 2011

Desensitization in HLA-Incompatible Kidney Recipients and Survival


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Sensitization to HLA antigens results in increased waiting times for a transplant, which is associated with an increased risk of death. The current study examined whether performing living-donor renal transplants following desensitization resulted in a survival benefit when compared to equally sensitized patients on the wait list. A protocol using plasmapheresis and low-dose IVIg was […]

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