More paediatric renal donors should be used for adult recipients

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7052.303 (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:303
  1. D Talbot,
  2. K L Narasimhan,
  3. D M Mirza,
  4. M G Thick,
  5. D Manas
  1. Consultant surgeon Senior house officer Consultant surgeon Consultant surgeon Consultant surgeon Renal and Liver Transplant Unit, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE7 1DE

    EDITOR,—Appropriately, the shortage of organs for renal transplantation commands increasing space in journals.1 One aspect, however, does not seem to have been adequately covered and offers the potential of increasing the number of donors for renal transplantation.

    Paediatric donors are used for children unless they are very small, in which case they are often rejected, particularly in Britain. The United Kingdom Transplant Support Service Authority reports that up to April this year 480 donors were offered for kidney donation but …

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