Attitudes to Using Living Related Kidney Donors in The Netherlands
Since the start of kidney transplantation in the Netherlands in 1966, the use of living related donors (LRD) has been a regular and accepted phenomenon. However, as transplant programs became established and began to expand in the 1970s, the proportion of living donor transplants remained at a stable 4%–5% of the total volume of transplants. In the 1980s, with the introduction of donor-specific transfusions (DST), the number of living donor transplants rose to approximately 10%. Unrelated living donor transplants are now also performed in some centers, but in very limited numbers, and are restricted to spouses and partners.
KeywordsKidney Transplant Transplant Center Kidney Donor Live Donor Transplant Transplant Program
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