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will a kidney transplant recipient be receiving one or two kidneys from a cadaver donor?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Number of kidneys: Each person receiving a kidney transplant receives only one kidney a piece from a donor who has died. A cadaver's kidneys go to two separate people in need of them.
Dr. Niraj Desai
General Practice 28 years experience
One-- almost always: There are exceptions where two kidneys are placed from a deceased donor into a transplant recipient. One is when both kidneys from an infant donor are placed into an adult recipient. Another exception is when both kidneys from an older donor are placed into a recipient-- usually because one kidney would not provide enough function by itself, but both kidneys would provide adequate function.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 39 years experience
Usually 1: Most if the time 1 kidney is transplanted. Occasionally 2 very small (pediatric) kidneys are kept connected to each other and transplanted "e bloc" - they grow quickly. Some older kidneys with low function are transplanted together (but separated) to try to provide enough function in combination. The recipient should understand and give consent (or not) in advance.

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