Age of live kidney donor makes little difference in organ’s health

The age of a live kidney donor has little effect on the long-term health of a transplanted kidney in recipients older than age 39, a new study says.
The findings should encourage more people to participate in living donor paired-exchange programs (“kidney swaps”), said Dr. John Gill, of UBC, and colleagues.
The researchers analyzed data from adult kidney transplants from living donors that were performed in between January 1988 and December 2003. The age of the kidney donors, which ranged from 18 to 64 years, had minimal effect on the survival of transplanted kidneys in recipients older than age 39.
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MSN, Thu Mar 22 2012, By: Robert Preidt, Link to full text