Paired exchange programs for living donors

Sommer Elizabeth Gentry, Dorry L. Segev

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Kidney exchange, also referred to as paired kidney donation, enables living kidney donation by donors who are not compatible with their intended recipients. Instead of donating directly to the intended recipient, candidate-donor pairs exchange organs to circumvent the incompatibility. This requires coordination: a registry collects data about incompatible pairs and about other types of participants like nondirected (altruistic) donors and compatible pairs, and selects appropriate matches by a manual or algorithmic process. We examine the common features and the idiosyncrasies of several successful paired exchange efforts around the world: in Korea, the Netherlands, Canada, Australia, India, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationKidney Transplantation - Principles and Practice
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780323531863
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Compatibility
  • Desensitization
  • Kidney
  • Kidney exchange
  • Kidney paired donation
  • Living donation
  • Nondirected donors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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