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Kidney paired donation for patients

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Kidney paired donation (KPD) is a transplant option for those waiting for a kidney transplant. It is for patients who have a willing living donor.

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) operates a national KPD pilot system. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), as the OPTN contractor, administers this system, which is open to all OPTN-approved transplant programs that perform living donor kidney transplants.

Benefits of Participating in the OPTN KPDPP


  • You could receive a living donor transplant
  • You may spend less time on dialysis
  • You may receive a transplant before starting dialysis
  • You may not wait as long for a transplant


  • Your loved one may receive a living donor kidney transplant
  • Your donation can help other patients and their families

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