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.
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