Kidney transplants may lead to an frequent complication: urinary tract infections. And the gender of the kidney donor makes a difference. A recent study found that patients who received a kidney from a male donor were more likely to develop a UTI after the transplant than patients whose donor was female. The risk was even greater for female recipients of donated kidneys. Nonetheless, women patients who received a male donor kidney had the best overall kidney function (apart from the UTI) after a transplant.
The study authors suggest that the gender of the donor and recipient, along with age and overall health, should all be considered before a transplant takes place.
Source: PLoS ONE 12(11): e0188262. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0188262