Living Kidney Donation Program - Innovations
In 2006, UAB became the first transplant center in the Southeast to pursue paired-kidney exchange, a special type of living-donor arrangement. Blood-type and tissue incompatibility can be barriers to a successful donor-recipient match. However, this unique program allows incompatible donor and recipient pairs to be matched with other pairs for compatible transplant. The UAB Paired Donation Program (PDP) has significantly increased the number of patients who are able to move from organ waiting lists to successful transplantation.
UAB has also made significant treatment advances that help to overcome some types of donor-recipient incompatibility, making more kidney transplants possible than ever before. For example, treatments developed at UAB have enabled donor-recipient pairs with certain forms of blood-type incompatibility to proceed with successful transplantation. Another advanced treatment developed at UAB, called desensitization, is proving effective in treating incompatible antibody levels in donor-recipient pairs, increasing the chances of a successful outcome after transplantation.