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Donating a Kidney May Increase Risk of Developing ESRD

Donating a kidney may put you at a greater risk for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) compared to similarly screened health non-donors, CNN News reports. The finding is based on a study published in JAMA that compared living kidney donors to “healthy individuals who would also likely qualify to donate but never did” for their likelihood of developing ESRD. Results showed that “while the actual donors had an estimated lifetime risk of 90 out of 10,000…the non-donors’ risk was slightly lower at 14 out of 10,000.” Authors point out that, importantly, both donors and non-donors who were eligible for donating had a significantly lower risk for ESRD than people in the general population, “in large part because potential donors are screened aggressively to ensure they are fit enough to make a donation in the first place.”

Read the article published by CNN News.

Read the study in JAMA.