Paired Exchange: A New Innovation in Live Donor Kidney Transplantation
Swati Arora and Kalathil K Suresh Kumar*
Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- KK Suresh kumar, MD, FRCP (Glasg), FASN
Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: March 31, 2014; Accepted Date: May 27, 2014; Published Date: June 02, 2014
Citation: Arora S, Suresh Kumar K (2014) Paired Exchange: A New Innovation in Live Donor Kidney Transplantation . J Nephrol Ther 4:169. doi:10.4172/2161-0959.1000169
Copyright: © 2014 Arora S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Barriers to traditional living-donor kidney transplantation include ABO incompatibility and positive cross-match. Paired exchange kidney transplantation (PEKT) is a viable an increasingly popular method to increase live donation. We discuss the pros and cons as well as the various ways to achieve PEKT along with a review of existing literature. To achieve the full potential of PEKT, the transplant community at large needs to work toward a national kidney paired donation program along with a centralized financial intermediary.