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What is a domino exchange kidney transplant?

A domino exchange kidney transplant occurs when a nondirected donor starts a chain of transplants, thus helping several patients in the process. Often this donor will donate to a recipient (#1), while that recipient’s donor will donate to recipient #2, while their donor will donate to recipient #3 and so on. These matches are made via a matching database into which all pairs are entered.

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