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Blood Compatibility

Living transplant donors and recipients should have matching or compatible blood types to decrease the risk of organ rejection. If you are unsure of your blood type, your physician will review this information with you during your evaluation process.

Blood type is based on surface antigens on your red blood cells, and are grouped into categories named A, B, AB, or O. Blood type is genetically determined, so it is likely that a close family member shares your blood type. The chart below shows which blood types are compatible.

  Recipient Blood Type
  OABAB
Donor
Blood
Type
OXXXX
A X X
B  XX
AB   X

Patients with living donors who do not have a matching blood type can still receive a kidney transplant. The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center pioneered a method of removing harmful antibodies prior to transplant. This method is called plasmapheresis.

Contact us for more information or register online if you are interested in becoming a donor.

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