AARON SPITAL, M.D.; MAX SPITAL, M.D.
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To the editor: In their careful review of living kidney donors, Bay and Hebert (1) list exclusion criteria used at 12 large transplant centers to prevent a person from donating a kidney. Obviously, most of these criteria are designed to protect the health of the donor. However, we have two problems with the authors' recommendations.
First, although on theoretic grounds the exclusion criteria appear quite reasonable, they are unfortunately based on few data. For example, where are the data showing a greater risk for renal failure in a person with 3 as opposed to 0 to 1 erythrocytes per high-power
SPITAL A, SPITAL M. Kidney Donation: Exclusion Criteria. Ann Intern Med. ;107:426. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-2-426
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(3):426.
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