Saturday, October 12, 2013

International Kidney Paired Donation

We report a 10-way domino transplant, which was initiated in September 2009 and concluded in July 2010. The uniqueness of this chain was that it included the international exchange of kidneys between the United States and Canada. The chain was initiated by an altruistic donor and included three hospitals, four flights, one international exchange, and one pediatric recipient. The international donor and recipient procedures were performed at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD). Both organs were transported via chartered international flights with cold ischemia times of less than 6 hr, which included not only procurement and travel time but also time for customs clearance. Donor-related expenses were charged at the institution where donation occurred (read more)
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