The dilemma of unintentional discovery of misattributed paternity in living kidney donors and recipients

Nina M Schroder
2009 Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation  
Purpose of review To discuss the issue of misattributed paternity and highlight the complex implications transplant centers must consider when this unsought information is discovered. Policies should be implemented to guide transplant centers in consistent and ethical treatment of this sensitive issue. Effective policy development will require close examination and transparent discussion by the transplant community. Recent findings Despite the fact that little attention has been given to the
more » ... een given to the discovery of misattributed paternity in the field of transplant, transplant centers do encounter this dilemma. The burden of deciding how to treat the information is significant and reaching consensus can be difficult. Recent findings suggest that policy implementation regarding this issue would help to guide practice for professionals who encounter discovery of this unsought information. Summary This review explores the complex considerations that must occur when misattributed paternity is unintentionally uncovered in living donor-recipient pairs and recommends that the transplant community pursue policies to guide practice in the treatment of this issue.
doi:10.1097/mot.0b013e328327b21f pmid:19469041 fatcat:msdcxo5vrff67e3vve42mhg7fe