There are times when a living donor is incompatible with the intended recipient either because their blood types are not compatible or they have an incompatible crossmatch.
In the past, an incompatible pair had no alternative, and the potential recipient simply stayed on the deceased donor waitlist. Now it is possible for even incompatible pairs to enjoy the many benefits of living donation. Paired donation is an option that matches incompatible donor-recipient pairs with other pairs, and they “exchange” donors.
The UC Davis Transplant Center offers paired exchange for all incompatible donor-recipient pairs in our center. We are pleased to be a partner in the Alliance for Paired Donation (APD). The APD is a national organization that joins transplant centers together to provide a larger pool of incompatible pairs for potential exchange transplants.