According to a story from ABC News, medical researchers are beginning to monitor the long term health of people that have donated one of their kidneys. A kidney transplant can be necessary in order to save the lives of people with chronic kidney disease. This is a long term disease in which kidney function progressively worsens and eventually leads to kidney failure. For many patients, a donated kidney can be a life saver. But little has been done to observe the potential impacts for people who were willing to be donors.
Doctors say that the procedure of kidney removal rarely involves serious complications for the donor, but impacts on long term health are not well understood. A recent report from a British study indicated the donors were more vulnerable to develop kidney failure later in life. Women donors were also at a greater risk for high blood pressure during pregnancy.