Kidney donors have normal life span
No excessive risk of end-state kidney disease
An essential element in discussions of the
ethics of kidney donation is whether donors suffer as a result of their
generosity. The reassuring answer is, apparently not, according to a
recent study in the NEJM by researchers at the University of Minnesota.
They found that "kidney donors have a normal life span, a health status
that is similar to that of the general population, and an excellent
quality of life; they do not have an excessive risk of end-state kidney
disease". The study covered abut 3,700 donors from 1963 to 2007. ~ NEJM, Jan 29
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