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How to Donate an Organ to a Friend or Family Member

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Updated September 12, 2013

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The Risks of Living Organ Donation

In addition to the general risks of surgery, donating an organ has additional risks.

The Risks of Being a Kidney Donor

  • High blood pressure

  • Protein in the urine, which can signal early kidney failure

The Risks of Lung Donation

  • Blood clots, especially in the lungs

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Collapsed lung

  • Heart problems including abnormal heart rhythms

  • Infection and inflammation of the lung

The Risks of Liver Donation

  • Blood clots

  • Small bowel obstructions

  • Bleeding problems
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