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               or people with kidney disease, the treatment
              options are dialysis and, in suitable patients,
        Ftransplantation. Kidneys for transplantation come
        either from people who have donated their organs after
        death or from a living donor. A living donor is usually a
        relative, spouse, or close friend.

        This is the second edition of BOOK 4, which addresses
        the area of the ‘living donor’ programme. It has been
        written so that people who are considering living
        donation can have the opportunity to read about the risks, benefits, investigations, procedures and
        follow-up associated with donating a kidney. Everything covered in the book will be discussed with you,
        in person, with the medical staff. The book is in no way a replacement for face-to-face communications
        between the transplant team, the potential donor, the recipient and their families.

        If you wish to learn more about chronic kidney disease, dialysis or transplant treatment options, you can
        consult the other books in this series addressing these topics. BOOK 1 deals with the functions of
        the kidney, types of kidney disease, diagnostic tests and medicines used
        to treat kidney conditions. BOOK 2 deals with haemodialysis and peritoneal
        disalysis.  BOOK 3 covers kidney transplantation in more depth whilst
        BOOK 5 is aimed at helping patients with kidney disease learn more about
        their illness and is specifically written for people who have been informed that
        they have impaired (or reduced) kidney function and are classified as having
        Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). BOOK 6 aims to help patients and families
        maintain their emotional health in the face of what can be a serious illness.

        More information is available from the transplant team at Beaumont
        Hospital, Ph: (01) 8093119 or from:
        We do hope you find it helpful.

                                 Phyllis Cunningham, RN; Dr. Ailín O’Dea, Psychologist;
                                  Ms. Dilly Little, FRCSI and Prof. Peter Conlon, FRCPI
                          Re-edited by Ruth O’Malley, Prof. Peter Conlon and Olive McEnroe
            FEBRUARY 2016
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