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A 23-year-old female asked:

I wanna have kids after donating a kidney to my 18yr old bro. how long should i wait? i read 6 mnths online. apart from preeclampsia what are risks?

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Dr. W. james Chon
Nephrology and Dialysis 25 years experience
Risks in Living Dnrs: Your brother is blessed to have a sister who loves him enough to donate a kidney. To answer your question, a recent Canadian study (NEJM 372: 124-133) did show that living donors were more likely to have gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia. As for the ideal timing of pregnancy, no firm guideline exists but six months seem reasonable if no complication from the donor surgery occurred.

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