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Donor nephrectomy in living-donor kidney transplantation may result in hyperfiltration injury in remnant kidney; however, its clinical implication in partial recovery of kidney function (PRKF) in remnant kidney and chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression remains unclear. Thus, we investigated the effect of PRKF on CKD development in the residual kidney and the utility of cystatin-C (Cys-C) in evaluating renal function in living-donor kidney transplantation donors.The electronic medical records and laboratory results of 1648 kidney transplant (KT) donors and 13,834 healthy nondonors between January 2006 and November 2014 were reviewed. The predictors of PRKF and CKD diagnosed by Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) criteria were evaluated by multivariate analysis. CKD risk was compared between KT donors and healthy nondonors using Cox proportional hazard regression analysis following propensity score matching (PSM).The incidence of PRKF for KT donors was 49.3% (813). CKD incidence was 24.8% (408) in KT donors and 2.0% (277) in healthy nondonors. The predictors of PRKF were, male sex (odds ratio [OR], 17.32; 95% confidence interval [CI] 9.16–32.77), age (OR, 1.02; 95% CI, 1.00–1.04; P < 0.001), Cys-C concentration (OR, 1.02; 95% CI, 1.00–1.04; P = 0.02), and preoperative albumin level (OR, 0.49; 95% CI, 0.27–0.89; P = 0.02). The predictors of CKD were age (hazards ratio [HR], 1.04; 95% CI, 1.02–1.05; P < 0.001), Cys-C concentration (HR, 1.024; 95% CI, 1.012–1.037; P < 0.001), and PRKF (HR, 1.41; 95% CI, 1.04–1.92; P = 0.03). After PSM, the risk of progression to CKD was higher in KT donors than in healthy nondonors (HR, 58.4; 95% CI, 34.2–99.8; P < 0.001).Donor nephrectomy is associated with PRKF and progression to CKD. Cys-C is a useful early marker for detecting PRKF and CKD.