Organs That Can Be Donated - Kidney
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Organs That Can Be Donated: Kidney
Diseases and Disorders
High blood pressure causes kidney damage, can lead to kidney failure, and is—as a result—an important predictor of kidney failure.
Diabetes (see pancreas) is a leading cause of kidney failure.
About 14,000 kidney transplants are performed each year. Just over one third of transplanted kidneys are from living donors.
At any point, about 55,000 people are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.
Every year, over 3,000 people die while waiting for a kidney transplant.
The one-year survival rate for kidney transplant recipients is about 95 percent.
Other diseases (cystic kidney diseases) can cause the kidneys to become inflamed or can produce cysts in the kidneys that prevent them from functioning properly.
People with severe kidney disease are often placed on dialysis machines.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Decision: Donation, organdonor.gov
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