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Health Guidelines for Living Donations

General Health Guidelines for Living Donation

The following are generally-accepted requirements for living kidney donation:

  • good general health
  • normal kidney function
  • age 25 to 70 years (exceptions are made)
  • insurance coverage

Conditions that may exclude a person from becoming a living donor:

  • hypertension requiring medication
  • kidney disease
  • obesity (BMI > 35%)
  • certain infectious diseases, such as AIDS
  • some forms of diabetes
  • some forms of cancer
  • some forms of heart disease
  • ongoing drug abuse
  • some forms of hepatitis
  • some forms of psychiatric problems
  • kidney stones


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