KDOQI US Commentary on the 2017 KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline on the Evaluation and Care of Living Kidney Donors

Didier A. Mandelbrot, Peter P. Reese, Neetika Garg, Christie P. Thomas, James R. Rodrigue, Carrie Schinstock, Mona Doshi, Matthew Cooper, John Friedewald, Abhijit S. Naik, Daniel R. Kaul, Michael G. Ison, Michael V. Rocco, Jennifer Verbesey, Michelle A. Hladunewich, Hassan N. Ibrahim, Emilio D. Poggio

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Living kidney donation is widely practiced throughout the world. During the past 2 decades, various groups have provided guidance about the evaluation and care of living donors. However, during this time, our knowledge in the field has advanced substantially and many agreed on the need for a comprehensive, unifying document. KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes) addressed this issue at an international level with the publication of its clinical practice guideline on the evaluation and care of living kidney donors. The KDIGO work group extensively reviewed the available literature and wrote a series of guideline recommendations using various degrees of evidence when available. As has become recent practice, NKF-KDOQI (National Kidney Foundation–Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative) convened a work group to provide a commentary on the KDIGO guideline, with a focus on how these recommendations apply in the context of the United States. In the United States, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) guides and regulates the practice of living kidney donation. While the KDIGO guideline for the care of living kidney donors and UNOS policy are similar in most aspects of the care of living kidney donors, several important areas are not consistent or do not align with common practice by US transplantation programs in areas in which UNOS has not set specific policy. For the time being, and recognizing the value of the KDIGO guidelines, US transplantation programs should continue to follow UNOS policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-316
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2020


  • Living kidney donation
  • albuminuria
  • best practices
  • clinical practice guideline
  • contraindication
  • diabetes
  • donor candidate
  • donor counseling
  • donor evaluation
  • donor follow-up
  • donor safety
  • donor selection
  • end-stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • ethics
  • genetic risk
  • glomerular filtration rate (GFR)
  • hypertension
  • informed consent
  • kidney donor
  • kidney failure
  • kidney function
  • long-term risk
  • nephrectomy
  • postdonation monitoring
  • pregnancy
  • psychosocial evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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