The Duke Kidney Paired Donation Program assists donor and recipient pairs who are incompatible or poorly matched in finding another donor and recipient pair with whom they can exchange kidneys to enable better matching, allowing a transplant to take place.
All recipient and donor pairs are eligible to be evaluated for the Kidney Paired Donation Program (KPD). Pairs most often enter the KPD program because of:
Pairs who enter the program desire a donor who is better matched immunologically or chronologically. Pairs may also be interested in entering the KPD out of altruism -- their participation would allow more patients to be transplanted.
It has been estimated that if compatible pairs entered the pool it would increase the number of transplants by 1,000 or more per year. Additionally, 45 percent of the compatible pairs could find a six antigen match or younger donor by entering the KPD program. This would translate into an increased chance of the transplant kidney working better for longer.
Since the Kidney Paired Donation Program began, many benefits have been identified, including:
As with any innovative program, certain risks exist. In the Kidney Paired Donation Program, the risks include:
If you have questions call the Transplant Office at 919-613-7777 (option 2) or 800-249-5864 and ask for the Kidney Paired Donation Coordinator.
Physicians offering this service include:
This service is available at: