"NO!" Your blood type doesn't have to match.....
A lot of people have contacted me asking my blood type. Please remember our blood types do not necessarily have to match to be a potential living kidney donor. I am AB positive which means I can receive from any blood type but additional blood tests must be done for a kidney match.
There are three main blood tests that will determine if a recipient and a potential donor are a kidney match. They are blood typing, tissue typing and cross-matching.
Your blood and tissue type must be compatible with your recipient's. Besides being healthy, living donors must have compatible blood and tissue types with the kidney recipient. The transplant team will perform tests to see if your blood and tissues are compatible (are a healthy match) with the kidney recipient.
Hopefully this gives you a better understanding of blood types & compatibility.
Please let me know if you have additional questions or concerns.
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