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Making Sure a Kidney’s a Good Fit

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM

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We take a look at the complicated transplant step of cross matching in this photo slide show.

When it comes to kidney donation, there are three steps to determine whether a recipient and a donor are a proper match. First, is blood type matching. For example, if the donor’s blood is A positive, then the recipient’s blood needs to be compatible. The second is tissue typing, which is a way to see how compatible their immune systems are. The third and most complicated step is called cross matching. This slide show focuses on this final and critical step.


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