Study looks at long-term effects of kidney donation

March 9, 2010 2:12:29 PM PST
People who decide to donate one of their kidneys while they are still alive seem to do just fine long after the surgery.

A Johns Hopkins study looked at more than 80,000 live kidney donors for about 16 years.

Researchers say the risks of dying from donating a kidney is 3 in 10,000, which is much lower than the risk of almost any other operation. Also, compared to people with two kidneys, donors did just as well health-wise later in life.

There is more on the research in the Journal of the American Medical Association.