November 29, 2011

Screening and Follow-Up of Living Kidney Donors: A Systematic Review of Clinical Practice Guidelines

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Careful screening of potential living kidney donors is crucial to ensure that only appropriate patients are allowed to donate, and keep the risk of donation to a minimum. This systematic review found nine different sets of guidelines about living donor evaluation published over the last fifteen years. While there was broad agreement in most areas, there were variations in the suggested assessment, medical contraindications and post-transplant follow-up. The variations in guidelines reflect the absence of solid literature on which to base recommendations, and highlight the need for further research.

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