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Doctor insights on: Donor Sibling Registry

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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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Ivf ethical for people with sickle cell trait?

Ivf ethical for people with sickle cell trait?

Yes: But you should also have your partner tested. If he also has the sickle cell trait, then you can actually have the option to do genetic testing to pick embryos that are not effected with sickle cell disease. ...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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Opinions on oocyte donation?

Opinions on oocyte donation?

Complex: As with any donated organ or tissue, concern for risk to the donor must be considered. In oocyte donation this does not seem to be well elaborated, perhaps because of the financial compensation that is legal in the us. Aside from very real ethical issues, the actual donation solves very real challenges in an incredible set of technical feats that are now taken for granted. Pretty darned amazing. ...Read more

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Is there a different registry for living donors than for cadaver donors?

Is there a different registry for living donors than for cadaver donors?

Yes: The number, characteristics, and results of living organ donation in the us is collected and analyzed by the united network for organ sharing (unos). It is separate from deceased donor outcomes. ...Read more

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Do sperm donor labs give success rates of their donors?

Do sperm donor labs give success rates of their donors?

Generally not: Sperm banks are not required to give the success rates of their donors. However, they usually track the overall numbers of pregnancies obtained (although not by law) and "retire" a donor if this number is reached in a certain area. ...Read more

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Do organ donor centers keep a big file of everyones histocompatability information?

Do organ donor centers keep a big file of everyones histocompatability information?

Yes - stored forever: Histocompatibility information about each donor and recipient is permanently stored at each transplant center and at unos (united network for organ sharing). Although the person's "tissue typing" never actually changes, techniques improve over time. This may lead to new identification, or change in the naming of the tissue type (although the tissue itself remained constant). Updating may be needed. ...Read more

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Can teens under 18 become organ donors with parent permission?

Can teens under 18 become organ donors with parent permission?

Yes, sometimes.: Public programs that distribute organs from living donors do not accept teen donors. But pre-adults can donate to relatives when special circumstances & requirements are met. This is particularly true for bone marrow donation(marrow is generally considered an "organ"), which can rarely even be donated to non-relatives if arranged privately (not thru nat'l program) & usually with court ok. ...Read more

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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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Any medical research on art kids meeting donors?

Any medical research on art kids meeting donors?

Yes: There is quite a bit of deliberation on this topic, as well as case history studies on the boston pediatric hospital's website, under renal transplant. ...Read more

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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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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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Life expectancy of myeloma patients after autologous stem cell transplant?

Life expectancy of myeloma patients after autologous stem cell transplant?

Myeloma : There are many things that go into predicting life expectancy of somebody with myeloma who has an autologous stem cell transplant. The rough estimate for somebody getting a transplant in first remission is about 6-7 years now. However, this is something your oncologist or transplant doctor can talk to you about with more specific information. ...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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Who is eligible to donate organs?

Who is eligible to donate organs?

See: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/organ-donation-facts

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What states permit blood donation under age 17 with parental consent?

What states permit blood donation under age 17 with parental consent?

Most states do: As of 2011, 41 states allowed 16 year old blood donors with parental permission. To determine whether your state allows such donations, go the the web site for american red cross (http://www.Redcrossblood.Org/students/information-parents/information-student-athletes). ...Read more

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Can a carrier (heterozygote) of the wilson disease gene donate part of his/her liver tissue for a living related donor transplant to a patient?

Can a carrier (heterozygote) of the wilson disease gene donate part of his/her liver tissue for a living related donor transplant to a patient?

Yes: Wilsons disease is a disease of copper storage. It is genetically linked. Generally speaking people who are heterozygous (are only carriers) can donate their part of thier livers. People who are heterozygous are carriers and don't have wilson's disease themselves. ...Read more

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Does donor family pay for a heart transplant or a liver transplant?

No: The organ recipient needs proper medical insurance coverage for a transplant to take place. In certain cases such as a mother giving part of her liver to her child, she may carry the pertinent insurance. No deceased donors are required to pay for the recipient medical procedures. Conceivably, a wealthy donor family could volunteer to contribute, but that would be most unusual. ...Read more

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