Male kidneys for men only?
New analysis of the Heidelberg 'Collaborative Transplant Study': Men and women benefit from gender specific transplants
The gender of donor and recipient plays a larger role in kidney transplants than previously assumed. Female donor kidneys do not function as well in men – due to their smaller size. Women have a higher risk of rejecting a male donor kidney. Therefore, in the future, gender should be considered more in the allocation of donor kidneys, say researchers from Basel and Heidelberg.