Hello Doctor, My husband had a liver transplant 5 years ago. He is not in Stage 5 CDK, due to the anti-rejection drugs. He is relatively healthy, has high BP, leg swelling, extremely tired and urinates frequently. He is seeing a Kidney Doctor at UCSD and recent blood work showed his GFR is 15-20. My question is what is it that I look for? My husband had a really difficult time with transplant and had to have at least 6 surgeries and he is just downright done with Doctors. My fear is that he will NOT do dialysis or kidney transplant (even if he is a candidate. I would like to give him information so he can think about options. Do you have any information or any kind of books, suggestions?

Your husband should consider all aspects of his care.  The amount of effort that has been put forward to give him a new liver and a new life is extraordinary.  Kidney disease is an unfortunate complication of that process.  I recommend that you review several areas of our web site on dialysis and transplantation.  You can access these areas at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/dash

And: https://www.kidney.org/atoz/atozTopic_Transplantation


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