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Push to better track living kidney donors’ long-term health

January 29, 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting a kidney transplant from a living donor is optimal, but a new report shows it’s hard for doctors to advise would-be donors about the potential long-term health consequences.

Specialists insist the surgery seldom brings serious complications for the donor. What happens later in life is less certain.

British researchers examined dozens of international studies to conclude that over the next 15 years or so, donors are more at risk of experiencing kidney failure than non-donors. And female donors could face a blood pressure-related complication if they become pregnant.

Overall, Monday’s report shows the chances of trouble are pretty low but it’s hard to predict who’s most at risk. Seeking better information, some U.S. transplant centers are about to test a new registry to track donors’ lifelong health.

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