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Why is it important to make sure that a donor and recipient are a good match before doing an organ transplant?

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It's easier to transplant an organ if the donor and recipient are a good match. The transplant team will put you through a series of tests to determine whether your blood and tissue types are compatible with the recipient's.

Some medical centers can transplant an organ even if the donor's and recipient's blood and tissue types don't match. In that case, the recipient will receive special treatments to prevent his or her body from rejecting the donor organ

From: Organ Donation and Transplant WebMD Medical Reference

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United Network for Organ Sharing.

American Society of Transplantation web site: "Who can be an Organ Donor?"

Department of Health and Human Services.

American Transplant Foundation web site: "Facts and Myths." . 

Organdonor.gov: "Organ Donation Statistics."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 30, 2019

SOURCES:

United Network for Organ Sharing.

American Society of Transplantation web site: "Who can be an Organ Donor?"

Department of Health and Human Services.

American Transplant Foundation web site: "Facts and Myths." . 

Organdonor.gov: "Organ Donation Statistics."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on June 30, 2019

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