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First three way kidney transplantations were carried out in UK

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 08 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1343
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The first two “pooled” kidney transplantations—involving three living donors and three recipients—were carried out in the United Kingdom, it was announced today.

    Paired transplantations, involving two couples, are becoming more common, with 20 having taken place so far in the UK. But this is the first time that a pooled transplantation, defined as three or more couples, has happened. Pooled transplantations involve a donor and recipient—for example a couple whose blood groups or tissue types are incompatible—paired anonymously with two or more other couples in the same situation.

    The first of the pooled transplantations happened late in 2009, but no details have been released because of patient confidentiality. The second occurred on 4 December 2009 and …

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