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Can a 13 year old donate a kidney?
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Dr. W. James Chon
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Although age restriction on living donation varies among programs (ages 18 to 21), all of them will not consider donor surgery in patients younger than age 18.

In brief: No
Although age restriction on living donation varies among programs (ages 18 to 21), all of them will not consider donor surgery in patients younger than age 18.
Dr. W. James Chon
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Dr. Pascale Lane
Pediatrics - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but no
A healthy 13-year-old can generally lose a kidney (to trauma, etc) with few long-term consequences, so donation should be safe.
However, very few transplant programs will take a donor who cannot legally consent. Donation does have long-term risks, and even with the most altruistic motives, a 13-year-old should not be making this type of decision.

In brief: Yes, but no
A healthy 13-year-old can generally lose a kidney (to trauma, etc) with few long-term consequences, so donation should be safe.
However, very few transplant programs will take a donor who cannot legally consent. Donation does have long-term risks, and even with the most altruistic motives, a 13-year-old should not be making this type of decision.
Dr. Pascale Lane
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