Kidney Disease and Transplant Forum

Our mission is to support patients (adult and pediatric) and their families with during their time of need as they go through the End Stage Renal Disease and/or Transplant process with relevant information, support and access to helpful medical tools and resources.

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There are two fundamental "sources" of a transplanted kidney. Note: The human body is designed to performed quite well with one healthy kidney.

Cadaver Donor: The most common form of kidney transplant is from a deceased human body that is typically being kept on life support while the organs are being harvested by transplant surgeons. Your transplant team seeks surgically implants a harvested key within 24 hours of the donor's death. Waiting lists for cadaveric kidneys are growing longer as the number of people in need of an organ increases.

Living Donor:  Because the human body can fully function with one healthy kidney Living Donor transplants are becoming more common. A living organ may be harvested during a surgical procedure from someone with a close "tissue type" match. This includes family members, friends, neighbors and more frequently strangers. Strangers may be a good Samaritan who feels led to donate to a patient in need. Separately, "paired donations" (or organ swaps) are increasingly common among fellow patients who swap kidneys between 3 or more ESDF patients in order to provide each recipient with the best "tissue type" match.*

* Note: Our Members Only forum contains in-depth information on Living Donor transplants including Paired Match Donations which has become much more common in the past 3-5 years as Waiting List times for Cadaver Donor transplants have continued to lengthen as the number of patients awaiting transplants has increased.

For more information about Kidney (Renal) Transplants visit the Mayo Clinic Kidney Transplant Program web site (

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