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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 139-141

Mini-donor nephrectomy: A viable and effective alternative


Department of Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110 029, India

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Sandeep Guleria
Department of Surgery, All India Institute of Medical sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110 029
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.60464

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Live kidney donation is an excellent way of increasing the donor pool. The introduction of the laparoscopic donor nephrectomy has resulted in an increase in live organ donation in the western hemisphere. There is no data on its impact on organ donation in India. However attractive as it may seem, the procedure is associated with a definite learning curve and does compromise donor safety. The procedure is also expensive in terms of the equipment required. The mini-donor nephrectomy is an excellent alternative, has no learning curve and is ideally suited for donors in India who have a low BMI. The procedure is also relatively inexpensive. We are in need of a donor registry rather than reports from single institutions to fully evaluate the risks and benefits of both procedures.


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