Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM
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.