Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Recent articles on kidney exchange

On my reading list...

Kidney paired donation: principles, protocols and programs

  1. Kathryn J. Tinckam8,9
      1. Nephrol. Dial. Transplant.doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfu309
-Author Affiliations
  1. 1Department of NephrologyFremantle HospitalFremantle, WA, Australia
  2. 2School of Medicine and PharmacologyUniversity of Western AustraliaPerth, Australia
  3. 3Organ and Tissue AuthorityCanberraACT, Australia
  4. 4Department of Internal Medicine and TransplantationErasmus MC, University Medical CenterRotterdam, The Netherlands
  5. 5Dutch Transplant Foundation, Leiden, The Netherlands
  6. 6NHS Blood and TransplantNHSBristol, UK
  7. 7Department of NephrologySir Charles Gairdner HospitalPerth, Australia
  8. 8Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine and HLA Laboratory, Laboratory Medicine ProgramUniversity Health NetworkToronto, ON, Canada
  9. 9Canadian Blood ServicesOrgan Donation and Transplantation,Toronto, ON, Canada

Kidney exchange: Further utilization of donors via listed exchange

College of Administrative Science and Economics, Koç University, Sarıyer, İstanbul, 34450, Turkey


There is a set of incompatible patient–donor pairs and these pairs are matched pairwise. A match between two pairs corresponds to a paired kidney donation, where pairs exchange donated kidneys, or a paired listed exchange, where the first donor donates a kidney to the deceased donor wait-list, the first patient receives the kidney of the second donor, and the second patient receives a priority on the wait-list. We characterize the set of exchanges with the maximum number of transplants from the set of pairs. This characterization generalizes the well-known Gallai–Edmonds Decomposition Theorem.

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