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How are recipients and donors matched for organ donation?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Surgery - Transplant
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Dr. Ralph Layman
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In brief: Computer modeling

Can vary between the organs since the age and size of hearts and livers need to be more closely matched.
The primary considerations are the length of time waiting, the ABO and hla tissue type of the donor and the recipient, and the hla antibodies in the recipient. There are national/region lists of patients that are matched by a computer according to the points generated by the above criteria.

In brief: Computer modeling

Can vary between the organs since the age and size of hearts and livers need to be more closely matched.
The primary considerations are the length of time waiting, the ABO and hla tissue type of the donor and the recipient, and the hla antibodies in the recipient. There are national/region lists of patients that are matched by a computer according to the points generated by the above criteria.
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