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Is Race a Criteria in Matching Organs to Donors?



I know a white person who is a candidate for a liver transplant. She states she is on a long waiting list and can not receive a liver from a black person. I think this untrue and that she can receive a liver from any person whose liver matches the specifics of her body. Is it possible for anyone to receive a donated organ regardless of race?


You are absolutely correct that the distribution of donated livers for transplant is based on severity of recipient condition and blood type...only. It is not based on race. Thank you.

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Amit D Tevar, MD Amit D Tevar, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati