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Tough call: Should surgeons tell transplant patients their donor was an addict?
 

Tough call: Should surgeons tell transplant patients their donor was an addict?

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The balance between patients’ rights in informed consent and mitigating the fear of overwhelming information is often a thin line not covered in medical books for any transplant surgeon.
 
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14 Oct 2016 - General
 
I agree that all donor recipients have the right to know the medical background of the donor. This allows them to be the ultimate decision-maker, and in the process, will uphold the patient’s right to autonomy, allowing them to weight the risks betwe...
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though the organ was deemed suitable for donation after all the necessary lab testing the fact that its an organ that filtered illegal substances should be divulged to the patient. As ...
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Marinelle Castro Dear Dr.Marinelle, definitely the recipient has right to know about health and medical status of the donor. Surgeon should transparently tell about information to patient. ...
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Transplant recipients have the right to know of their donor's past medical history - including history of substance abuse,addiction or other unpleasant habits. While this may not affect the outcome of the surgery itself, there might be concepts t...
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