By Hannah Gilligan, David M. Venesy, Fredric D. Gordon
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QXP 6/18/10 1:58 PM Page 18 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT LIVER, HEART, AND KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION 12. I heard there is a waiting list for kidney transplants. How do I get my name on the list? There is a waiting list for deceased donor transplants. A deceased donor kidney transplant is a kidney that comes from a brain-dead donor or a cadaver. Patients are listed according to their blood group: A, O, B, or AB. When the patient at the top of the list gets a kidney transplant, everyone moves up the list.
What makes a good donor? What if my living donor doesn’t have health insurance? My sister and I are being transplanted in 2 weeks. Our transplant nurse coordinator called today to arrange for our final crossmatch next week. Why do we have to repeat the crossmatch? We did it 3 months ago. More . . QXP 6/18/10 1:58 PM Page 24 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT LIVER, HEART, AND KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION 16. I would rather have a transplant than go on dialysis. Is that possible? My brother has offered to be my donor.
18 Your HLAs are identified and entered onto a regional and national list. HLA stands for human leukocyte antigens, and these antigens are on leukocytes (white blood cells) and most solid tissues and organs of the body but are not present on red blood cells. They have many functions, but with regard to kidney transplantation they are the structures on the donor’s kidney that the recipients recognize as different from themselves and try to destroy. If donor and recipient have the same HLAs, there is less chance that recipients will reject the kidney.
100 Questions & Answers About Liver, Heart, and Kidney Transplantation: A Lahey Clinic Guide by Hannah Gilligan, David M. Venesy, Fredric D. Gordon