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Digestive Disorders

Is Race a Criteria in Matching Organs to Donors?

11/16/2009

Question:

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?

Answer:

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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Response by:

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