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Doctor insights on: Argument For Organ Donation

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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
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Organ Donation (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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How are recipients and donors matched for organ donation?

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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Ethically, should addicts and alcoholics receive organ donations?

Ethically, should addicts and alcoholics receive organ donations?

Only if abstinent: All humans are imperfect. Some people with drug and alcohol abuse histories have committed to sobriety, acknowledged their own responsibilities and succeeded in changing their lives in favorable directions. General txp requirements are at least 6 months abstinence and ongoing rehabilitation. Those patients meeting these requirements who receive txps have equal outcomes to all other patients. ...Read more

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Are immediate family members better for organ donation in terms of rejection?

Are immediate family members better for organ donation in terms of rejection?

Can be advantaged: Immediate family member can be less immunogenic to a person than strangers. However, the survival differences in organ transplants between unrelated and related individuals for similarly aged donors is small. The one exception are the 25% of siblings that share the same hla type, called hla identical. ...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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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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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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Is there a market for organ donation?

Outside of the US: Unfortunately, there is a black market outside of developed countries. The patients who have been identified afterwards have had much higher rates of infections and worse outcomes. Medicare may not pay for the anti-rejection medications if the transplant was not performed at a medicare approved center. Black market transplants are dangerous. Legitimate organ donation must be increased. ...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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Could governments who prohibit a market in organs encourage more organ donation?

Could governments who prohibit a market in organs encourage more organ donation?

No: Through the decades more and more patients are added to the transplant wait list.....donation has increased only very slightly.....therefore, more donors needed;however, it is better be regulated thru strict laws, ethical rules.....so not only certain group can get advantage from the market....it is not an easy issue....the discussion is out there for quite sometime...no perfect answer yet ...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

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Who is eligible for organ transplants?

Who is eligible for organ transplants?

Depends: Eligibility and allocation varies by organs. For example, kidneys are allocated based on waiting time whereas liver, heart, lungs are allocated based on how sick the patient is. In general, active infections, recent history of cancers, and multi-organ failures might make a patient ineligible. ...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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Is a kidney donation healthy for the donor?

Is a kidney donation healthy for the donor?

Depends: A living kidney donor is undergoing a surgery he or she does not need and needs to weigh the potential risks he/she is willing to take. In the U.S., the mortality rate associated with the donor nephrectomy is 0.02-0.03% and the rate of major complication is 3-6%. ...Read more

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Who pays for the cost of organ donation? Does the donor family pay anything?

Recipient: The recipient of the organ transplant pays the cost of donation. This is most relevant in living donor transplants. For decreased donor organ donation the family is not charged for thee surgery or any lab tests or other procedures related to the donation. They will however be billed for medical care given prior to brain death and consent for organ donation. ...Read more

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Is there a living gamete donor registry for kids?

Is there a living gamete donor registry for kids?

Not aware of any: There are both rules regarding patient confidentiality at both the federal and state level. State by state rules vary but are centered in limiting access to personal medical information. For such a registry to exist the donor or donors would first have to agree to share their identifying information.I don't see that happening in the present environment. ...Read more

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What is obligation to family who donates organ of loved one?

What is obligation to family who donates organ of loved one?

Donor family: A Decision to donate organs is up to the deceased (if they signed up to be an organ donor) or to the next-of-kin (if the deceased is not an registered organ donor). We (the society) all owe the donor families a great deal of gratitude and the best way for organ recipients to "pay" them back is by taking care of the donated organs. ...Read more

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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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How come organ donation is optional rather than mandatory?

How come organ donation is optional rather than mandatory?

Privacy: People have possession of their body parts even after they die. If they agree to give them up after they die then they can be used. ...Read more

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What is the minimum age for organ donation?

Depends: Deceased donors can be almost any age. Babies need transplants too. For a living donor each center will have their own threshold but most have 19-21 as the lower limit. ...Read more