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How is a donor kidney matched with a possible recipient?

The body has a complex system for telling its own parts from foreign parts. To fool the body into accepting the donor kidney, doctors try to match the donor and recipient for a blood protein called human leukocyte antigen (HLA) type. A good match is most important when using a kidney from a living donor.

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