Surgeons perform Germany's first crossover kidney transplantationBMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7520.798-d (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:798
- Tuffs Annette
German surgeons have carried out the country's first crossover kidney transplantation at transplant centres in Hamburg and Essen, after a court ruling making the procedure legal in certain circumstances.
Crossover transplants are used in some countries, such as Switzerland and Romania, when a healthy partner in a couple is unable to donate his or her kidney to the spouse, either because of blood group incompatibility or the potential recipient's sensitisation to certain antibodies. In a crossover transplantation a healthy person in one couple donates his or her kidney to the ill person in another couple, in exchange for a kidney from the recipient's healthy spouse.
In the past crossover transplantation was not done in Germany because it was considered illegal under the …