Kidney donors’ lives not shortened

interns Contributor

NEW YORK – People who donate a kidney in the United States don’t die any faster than nondonors long term, according to a large study that looked at donors over 15 years.

Within the first 90 days after surgery to donate a kidney, their death rate was slightly higher, 3 per 10,000, compared with less than 1 per 10,000 for healthy nondonors, according to research from Johns Hopkins University. Over 15 years, there was no difference in deaths of donors compared with others matched by age, health status, gender, and race, said the study in yesterday’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

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