Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The supply of kidneys relative to demand for them remains low. But here's one new piece of information that should put encourage people to contribute to the supply of kidneys. According to a new study reported in Scientific American (here), kidney donors have the same life expectancy as non-donors. There remains, of course, the risk of death from the procedure itself, post-operative infection, and so forth. But once healed up, there is no excess risk of death for otherwise healthy persons who have donated a kidney.