Paired kidney transplants to start in the United KingdomBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7548.989 (Published 27 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:989
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A new type of “paired” or “pooled” kidney transplant that is expected to help 40 or 50 patients a year in the United Kingdom will be allowed to go ahead from next September, the Human Tissue Authority announced this week. Patients with a friend or relative prepared to donate a kidney but whose tissue is found to be incompatible will be able to be paired with another couple in the same situation. If the donor in each couple is a match for the patient in the other, the transplant could go ahead. For a pooled donation, there would be a chain of several pairs.
Patients wanting …