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Thu Jan 12 02:06:16 EST 2012

Can a complication-free Type I diabetic donate a kidney to another Type I diabetic (assuming of course that all other donation requirements are met)?
Asked By: alicia49  

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Type I diabetes for 23 years, with no known complications. I am registered as an organ donor [upon death], but is it possible to act as a living donor in such a situation? I cannot find specific information for this scenario, and I do not want to offer to do this/get someone's hopes up if it is not even an option.
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2012-02-08 02:28:58.0

Bless you for wanting to help someone in need. The fact that you have no complications is to be commended, and your kidney may be perfectly healthy to use as a transplant. Nevertheless, the risk that your Type 1 Diabetes places on your body in the years to come would make donating too great a risk I am afraid.

Only a transplant surgeon could give you the final answer, but I do not believe anyone would put your future at risk, regardless of how good and sincere your reasons are. Sorry.

Answered By: Anne Carroll
Accreditations: RN, CDE
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