Living donor kidney transplantation in the United States--looking back, looking forward.

  title={Living donor kidney transplantation in the United States--looking back, looking forward.},
  author={Andrew S. Levey and Gabriel Danovitch and Susan H. Hou},
  journal={American journal of kidney diseases : the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation},
  volume={58 3},
There is a desperate need for kidney donors. Twenty-five years ago, we urged more widespread acceptance of unrelated living donors for kidney transplantation. Since then, 2 of us have donated a kidney to an unrelated recipient. In our view, the major challenges for living donor transplantation today are to improve access to this extraordinary gift of life and ensure its safety. Our perspective is that altruism is the motivation for most living kidney donors and the decision to donate represents… CONTINUE READING

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