Study Quantifies End Stage Renal Disease Risk in Living Kidney Donors

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Anewly developed method to quantify living kidney donors’ risk of end stage renal disease (ESRD) postdonation may be helpful for individuals considering donation, for living donors wishing to understand their long-term risk, and for clinicians who monitor the long-term health of living donors. The risk calculator is described in a recent Journal of the American Society of Nephrology study.

Although research suggests there are minimal health consequences for individuals who donate a kidney, comprehensive studies are lacking. Long-term studies of living kidney donors have reported low rates of premature death and kidney failure (with an estimated overall ESRD