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3 in 10,000 living donor deaths really?

Following up on my prior post

While the 1992 Matas study based on nothing more than transplant centers’ ‘word’ on mortality, a 1987 article by Bay says:

An analysis of 2495 donor nephrectomies reported in the literature, and 5698 donor nephrectomies reported from the 12 largest centers that do kidney transplantation with living donors, indicates an approximate incidence of 1 donor death per 1600 nephrectomies.

That equals 6.25 deaths per 10,000, double the ‘accepted’ statistic. So why not use it, when it’s at least a more valid number than what was gleened from the 92 study?


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