Stranger donors: A key link in transplant chains

Christopher G. Veys*, Katrina A. Bramstedt

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Living donation to strangers is a complex issue that has caused some transplant centers to ban the practice altogether. Most prominent of the troublesome issues is the common source of these donors; namely, the Internet. These "stranger donors," however, are critical to both paired kidney transplants and chain kidney transplants. This article presents the ethical complexities of donors in these transplant arrangements and offers 2 case examples from our facility. Rigorous donor screening and informed consent processes are crucial, and together they help make transplant pairs and chains ethically feasible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)366-371
Number of pages6
JournalProgress in Transplantation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


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