Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Donating a kidney doesn't appear to have any long-term health consequences for the donor.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota found people who gave up one of their two kidneys lived a normal life span and had an excellent quality of life. The donation also didn't raise the risk of having kidney failure later.
Kidney donation has generally been considered safe, although there are always risks with surgery. The new research of 3,700 donors dating back more than four decades is the largest and longest study to look at long-term outcomes. The findings are reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The study's leader says he hopes the results will increase kidney donations and encourage transplant centers to continue to carefully select donors and not relax their requirements.