Reliable Kidney Donation through “Donor Clinic”


The research team of Professor Hye Ryoun Jang, Division of Nephrology of Samsung Medical Center, has run the donor clinic since 2013 and analyzed the effects of the clinic between 182 donors who donated before 2013 and 172 donors who donated after 2013. 


The research team studied how well the remaining kidneys adjusted based on glomerular filtration rates (GFR) of the kidney donors. According to the research team, GFR was 29.1% before running the clinic, but after running the clinic, it was decreased by about 10%, thereby becoming 19.2%. When the relative risk was calculated statistically, the risk was reduced by 42% through running the donor clinic alone. 


The donors’ compliance has increased after running the clinic. The number of outpatient clinic visits within six months after donating kidney was 1.11 times before running the clinic, but it increased to 1.47 times after running the clinic. 


When kidney-related diseases occurred in kidney donors, early measures could be taken. 


In this study, the average time of discovering hyperuricemia which is a kidney-deteriorating factor after donation was 9.3 months after running the clinic, thereby reducing the period by 6.2 months. Likewise, the average time of discovering microalbuminuria was 8.6 months. 


This study was published in the recent issue of Transplantation Proceedings, an academic journal specialized in organ transplantation.