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Transplant manager explains program

by MARY ANN SLATER news@indianagazette.net on February 16, 2014 1:59 AM

For more information on paired kidney exchanges using living donors at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, check out the hospital’s website at www.wpahs.org. Once at the site, type in “transplant” in the “Search For” box.

Or you can call the hospital at (412) 359-5017 or toll-free at (855) 625-4545.

Janice Glidewell, transplant manager at Allegheny General, said both potentially interested donors and many transplant candidates are unfamiliar with the program. “A lot of people don’t know about this,” Glidewell said. “They think, ‘Oh, my gosh, what are my options? Dialysis or what?’”

AGH participates in a program with the National Kidney Registry (NKR), which links up transplant candidates who have a willing but incompatible donor with other candidates in similar circumstances. Each candidate/incompatible donor pair is linked with similar pairs until all candidates in the chain find a suitable donor. Since 2010, Allegheny General has performed 25 transplants in the program, Glidewell said.

According to NKR’s website at www.kidneyregistry.org, transplants using kidneys from living donors have proved beneficial to recipients as kidneys transplanted from living donors last nearly twice as long as kidneys transplanted from deceased donors.

NKR has helped to facilitate more than 600 transplants for patients from around the nation.

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