The true risk of living kidney donation

Luckmini Liyanage, Abimerki Muzaale, Macey Henderson

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Purpose of reviewThe safety of living donor nephrectomy is essential to the continued success, growth, and sustainability of the clinical practice of living donor kidney transplantation. This review summarizes recent advances in our understanding of the perioperative and long-term risks faced by living kidney donors.Recent findingsAlthough adverse perioperative complications are extremely rare, donors particularly men, Black, or obese, frequently experience minor complications that result in delayed return to normal duties at home and work. Similarly, although long-term complications such as end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are rare, recent studies suggest a relative increase in risk of ESRD that is attributable to donation. Several risk calculators have been developed to help donors and their care providers quantify the baseline and postdonation risk of ESRD based on demographic and health characteristics. Thresholds of risk may help define what is an acceptable level of risk to the donor and the transplant center.SummaryIndividualized risk calculators now allow care providers and potential donors to objectively and transparently participate in shared decision-making about the safety of living kidney donation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)424-428
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent opinion in organ transplantation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


  • decision-making
  • end-stage renal disease risk
  • informed consent
  • kidney donation
  • living donation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation


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