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What exactly does it mean to be on 'the list' for a kidney transplantation?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
7 doctors agree

In brief: On the UNOS computer

In the US, organs are "allocated" through a computerized system. Only patients actively on the UNOS computer have access to organs.
All donors are entered into the computer too. Based on factors that are specific for each organ such as waiting time, ABO blood type, geographic location, Pt size, closeness of matching of HLA type, etc. A "list" is generated for each organ for each donor.

In brief: On the UNOS computer

In the US, organs are "allocated" through a computerized system. Only patients actively on the UNOS computer have access to organs.
All donors are entered into the computer too. Based on factors that are specific for each organ such as waiting time, ABO blood type, geographic location, Pt size, closeness of matching of HLA type, etc. A "list" is generated for each organ for each donor.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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5 doctors agree

In brief: A waiting list

Every region in the us has an organ procurement organization that recovers organs for transplant.
Your transplant center that evaluated and approved you for transplant, will list you on a national wait list for the organ (s) in need. You will be offered organs, first from your local opo, primarily based on your waiting time, your blood group, and your tissue type when a donor becomes available.

In brief: A waiting list

Every region in the us has an organ procurement organization that recovers organs for transplant.
Your transplant center that evaluated and approved you for transplant, will list you on a national wait list for the organ (s) in need. You will be offered organs, first from your local opo, primarily based on your waiting time, your blood group, and your tissue type when a donor becomes available.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: Waiting in line

You can be on the waiting list to receive a kidney from a deceased donor. Since there are many more people waiting to obtain a kidney transplant than there are kidneys available there is a waiting list with specific points which determine where u going to be placed on the list.
You gradually rise to the top of the list and get called when a kidney becomes available.

In brief: Waiting in line

You can be on the waiting list to receive a kidney from a deceased donor. Since there are many more people waiting to obtain a kidney transplant than there are kidneys available there is a waiting list with specific points which determine where u going to be placed on the list.
You gradually rise to the top of the list and get called when a kidney becomes available.
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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Dr. Atul Singh
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: List

You are on the list, but ask if you are listed and ACTIVE.
Being active means you have completed your workup and if a kidney becomes available and you wait time is over, you can get one. Focus on being " ACTIVE" on your centers list and not just be listed. Get your test done ASAP. Sources of kidney are decreased donor and living donors. The wait time changes for DD to LD,

In brief: List

You are on the list, but ask if you are listed and ACTIVE.
Being active means you have completed your workup and if a kidney becomes available and you wait time is over, you can get one. Focus on being " ACTIVE" on your centers list and not just be listed. Get your test done ASAP. Sources of kidney are decreased donor and living donors. The wait time changes for DD to LD,
Dr. Atul Singh
Dr. Atul Singh
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Dr. W. James Chon
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: A waiting list

Kidney can come from either a living donor (i.
e. family, friends) or from a brain-dead deceased donor. Because there are so many people who are in need of transplant but there is a limited supply of transplantable kidneys, most people have to wait several years before they get transplanted. The first step is to have your PCP or nephrologist to refer you to a kidney Tx program to undergo an eval.

In brief: A waiting list

Kidney can come from either a living donor (i.
e. family, friends) or from a brain-dead deceased donor. Because there are so many people who are in need of transplant but there is a limited supply of transplantable kidneys, most people have to wait several years before they get transplanted. The first step is to have your PCP or nephrologist to refer you to a kidney Tx program to undergo an eval.
Dr. W. James Chon
Dr. W. James Chon
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