Medical Risk and Benefit in Renal Donors: The Use of Living Donation Reconsidered

  • P. Michielsen


Opinions are divided on the ethical acceptability of using living kidney donors. Everybody will, however, agree on the absolute necessity of a free decision of the donor after complete and objective information. In this short survey, we will first examine the difficulties in avoiding coercion and the unreliability of the data, on the basis of which objective information of the donor is supposed to be given. We will then critically review the alleged advantages of living donor versus cadaver kidney transplantation.


Living Donor Kidney Donor Renal Agenesis Donor Nephrectomy Cadaver Donor 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Michielsen
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  1. 1.Department of NephrologyUniversitair Ziekenhuis GasthuisbergLeuvenBelgium

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