How do I know if I am able to donate a kidney?

The blood types of the donor and recipient play a key role in living kidney donation. The two people do not need to have the same blood type, but the types must be compatible to support a successful transplantation. Donors with type O blood are considered to be universal donors and can give a kidney to a recipient with any other blood type. Recipients with type AB blood can accept donations from donors with any blood type.

There are no universally accepted rules for living kidney donation, so guidelines will vary depending on the transplant center, the surgeon and other factors. Generally speaking, living donors should be between the ages of 18 and 65 and in good health. Living donors go through an extensive series of tests to determine whether they are medically, surgically and emotionally prepared to donate a kidney.

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