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Dr. Ralph Layman
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Organ Donation (Overview)

Organ donation requires surgical techniques that preserve the blood vessels and vital structures (e.g., ureter-kidney, bile duct - liver) and keeps the cells of the organ happy enough to function after blood flow is stopped and the transplant conducted. A living person may choose to gift an organ (or piece of an organ) through such an operation. A deceased person may gift multiple organs at 1 time.


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Is organ donation compulsory?

Is organ donation compulsory?

No: Whether you donate your organ is entirely up to you. There is a great demand for organs (heart, lungs, kidney, liver, pancreas, cornea) and if you are brain-dead, it makes a lot of sense to donate your organs and give a gift of life to others. However, the decision itself is entirely up to you. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Layman
89 doctors shared insights

Organ Donation (Overview)

Organ donation requires surgical techniques that preserve the blood vessels and vital structures (e.g., ureter-kidney, bile duct - liver) and keeps the cells of the organ happy enough to function after blood flow is stopped and the transplant conducted. A living person may choose to gift an organ (or piece of an organ) through such an operation. A deceased person may gift multiple organs at 1 time.


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Are there risks to the donor in organ donation?

Are there risks to the donor in organ donation?

Donor risks: There sure are. Depending on what organ you're donating, risks of bleeding, infections, leaks, wound herniations, and rarely even death can occur. This is why transplant centers performing loving donor transplants must be extremely careful in evaluating donors and safely performing their surgeries. Experience matters. These donors are real heroes, taking similar risks to save others as police/fire. ...Read more

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Is organ donation always reliable?

Is organ donation always reliable?

No: The organs don't always work. Sometimes when they do work the patient's other medical conditions get worse and they die. Sometimes a problem with the organ (such as an infection or blood type issue) can come up after the transplant and cause major problems. ...Read more

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Organ and tissue donation worth considering?

Yes: I believe everyone should consider becoming an organ and tissue donor and expressing your wishes to your family. ...Read more

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Does organ donation disfigure your corpse?

Does organ donation disfigure your corpse?

No: There will be external scars from where the organ retrieval process occurred but a normal burial is possible, open casket and all if so desired. ...Read more

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Should owners of motorcycles register for organ donation?

Should owners of motorcycles register for organ donation?

Everyone should!: Aren't you really asking whether motorcycles are so dangerous that the consideration of end of life issues is appropriate? Truthfully, we should all think about the unpleasant topic of our own death, and what we prefer to happen with our own body. Motorcycle owners and all others can best celebrate their own lives by saving the lives of others through organ/tissue donation. ...Read more

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How are recipients and donors matched for organ donation?

Depends: Some are based on a combination of blood and tissue typing others are based primarily on tissue typing. Size of the individual's is also matched especially for pediatric patients. ...Read more

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Are there any notable cultures that forbid organ transplants / blood transfusions?

Are there any notable cultures that forbid organ transplants / blood transfusions?

Yes.: Organ transplantation requires immune suppression, leaving the recipient at risk for any type of infection (bacterial, fungal, or viral). Having a blood culture that is "positive" (especially for bacteria or fungus) would indicate an active infection and thus would be an absolute contraindication to transplant at that moment in time. ...Read more

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Are there any articles of a patient receiving an organ cloning transplant?

Are there any articles of a patient receiving an organ cloning transplant?

Not that I know of: However, there have been few cases of parents that intentionally had an additional child to try and find a bone marrow donor for another child. The cloning stuff is science fiction for now. ...Read more

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What kind of organ transplants/other donatable body parts require only biological family members?

Not really: Today, successful transplant outcomes can be obtained using organs from friends or strangers. Obviously, hearts only come from deceased donors, most are unrelated. ...Read more

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What is organ donation and transplantation done for?

What is organ donation and transplantation done for?

See below: Organ donation is performed to provide organs for those in need. Organ transplantation is performed for organ failure in diseases of the heart, lung, kidneys, live, pancreas and small intestine. Newer composite tissue transplants (hand/arm and face transplants) are becoming more common as well. ...Read more

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What are the ethical issues concerning organ transplantation?

Ethical issues: There are many ethical issues in organ transplant that start with organ donation, defining and declaring a deceased donor, to living donation and whether someone should undergo a potentially life threatening surgery only to help another. Outcomes for some transplants bring to question who are the appropriate candidates. How do we best allocate life saving organs where the supply exceeds demand. ...Read more

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Organ transplantation and tissue typing. Am i related to my tissue matching organ donor?

Not necessarily: Random people can share some tissue antigens. You are more likely to share tissue antigens with someone you are related to, but sharing antigens does not mean the two people are related. ...Read more

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What's the reality of organ donation if the deceased is 60+?

It exists for some: If the patient was otherwise healthy without organ problems the liver and kidneys are routinely used. The heart, lungs, intestine or pancreas are not routinely used. Most of the time these "older" organs are considered "extended criteria" organs with a reduced lifespan compared to younger organs. They are not usually offered to young people. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a living donor and a deceased donor organ donation?

What is the difference between a living donor and a deceased donor organ donation?

Live pre/post: Living donor donations involve a living doner giving one of a paired organ (like a kidney) or a piece of the liver to the recipient. The process involves all the same tissue matching tests as with a deceased donor, but is potientially more readily available thru screening living relatives or friends. ...Read more

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Is there an age restriction for organ donations?

Donor age: Actually, no. Anyone can be an organ donor, except in living donation where one must be at least 18yrs old and may not be considered a good candidate past the mid 70's for kidneys or 60's for livers. ...Read more