The donor shortage
Kidneys from a cadaveric donor also go through a matching process just like the one living donors go through. The difference is that itís impossible to predict when a cadaveric kidney will become available, so you must be ready at all times. There will be a waiting period before you receive a cadaveric kidney. The length of time can vary from a few weeks to a number of years.
number of people on the waiting list and number of donors
Most kidney recipients get cadaveric organs; in the U.S. in 1996, there were 8,559 cadaveric kidney transplants and 3,444 living donor kidney transplants. During that year, 1,814 people died awaiting a kidney. About 36,000 people are now waiting for kidneys; the shortage of organ donors means that less than a quarter of them will get a cadaveric kidney this year.
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Your organs do many things to keep you healthy If your organs don't work, you may need to have a transplant To get a transplant, you have to be tested You can't have a transplant unless someone donates an organ You can't have a transplant unless someone donates an organ You will have to have surgery to place the new organ into your body Most people feel much better after having a transplant Taking care of your new organ will help you feel healthy for years to come Home