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Can live donor kidneys be transported nationally?

Jeffrey L. Veale, MD
Urology
The National Kidney Registry has helped facilitate over 1300 kidney transplants, and approximately 1000 of these kidneys have been shipped via commercial airlines.
 
Originally, it was believed that living donor kidneys should not be transported because it would add additional time on ice to the kidneys. However, by performing these exchanges, doctors realized that living donors don't want to travel to another city/hospital that they are unfamiliar with, and that shipped kidneys appear to function as well as kidneys that were removed in the next operating room over.

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