It’s not a new concept. Paired kidney exchange — or “kidney swap” — has been talked about for approximately 30 years, says Stuart Flechner, MD, Director of Clinical Research in the Renal Transplantation Section at Cleveland Clinic.
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But logistics limited kidney swaps, at least until the early 2000s. That’s when computer technology and advanced communication started making it easier to trade kidneys among compatible donors and recipients.
In this video, Dr. Flechner explains:
- How paired kidney exchange now drives hundreds of more transplants each year
- How kidney transplant has become more predictable
- Why donor kidneys now can be in transit as long as 20 hours
- New terms: “bridge donor” and “advanced donation”