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How is a recipient for a deceased donor kidney chosen?

Federal law says that kidneys should be given out in a fair and efficient way. In the current system, a national list contains the names and human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types of people who need cadaver kidneys. When a kidney donor's kidneys become available, doctors check the list to see whose HLA types best match that of the donor. If there are several people who match equally well, the two people waiting longest get the kidneys. Some people must wait years before a kidney becomes available. Those waiting use dialysis in the meantime.

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