Category Archives: Donation

My son has just found out that he has had only one functioning kidney since he was about three years old. I worry that the kidney may fail and I want to be sure that I am a able to donate one of my kidneys if this happens, so I want to know if I can get a test done now to see if I am a match to save time if the need arises that he needs a transplant in the future. Is this possible?

There is no single test that you could do at the present time to see if you could be a donor for your son. You could do a blood group typing test to see if your blood groups match but … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diet/Nutrition, Donation, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Transplantation

Hello doctor. You can help me. I want to donation my organs.

Each State has different laws on how to donate organs. First of all, I suggest that you visit our web site about organ donation at: You can also visit the web site for the United Network for Organ Sharing at: … Continue reading

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Hi. I am considering being a living kidney donor. I have two questions. I am barred from donating blood, and I am wondering if this also rules me out for organ donation. The reason for being deferred from donating blood is that I had sex with someone from Nigeria in the 1990s. So, that falls under the high risk for HIV criteria. It was safe sex and it occurred only 3 or 4 times. I do not have HIV, but I guess there is some very remote chance I have some strain of it that is undetectable. So, that is the first thing. Secondly, familial ALS runs in my family, and I have the c9 or f72 gene mutation. I am 48 and show no signs of having ALS, but it may or may not rear its ugly head. If I do get ALS, I wouldn’t be able to donate organs upon death. I learned this when my father died. So, I am thinking if I want to donate an organ, now would be the time to do it. I look forward to hearing back from you.

I am not able to advise you about organ donation in this complex situation. The risk of donating a kidney is similar to donating blood, so you would require further testing in regards to your Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) exposure. … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Donation, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Transplantation

What are the steps when someone wants to donate their kidney to me?

It is first necessary that you be accepted on to a transplant list. You must first be evaluated by a transplant center and see if you are eligible to be listed on the transplant list. Once you are accepted on … Continue reading

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I‘m 21 yrs old and my Mom has kidney failure. Her 2 kidneys are damaged and now her doctor said that she needs to be on dialysis. I know that once you have your dialysis, you will have a short life to live, and I don‘t want to lose my mom early. She Is already 60 yrs old and I want to donate one of my kidneys to her. I want to ask if I donate a kidney to her, is there a possibility that she will recover for years at her age right now?

Yes, kidney transplantation from a living donor such as yourself, can be very successful and result in many years of life expectancy. Your mother must be otherwise in good health and she must be accepted to the kidney transplant list … Continue reading

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My mother was diagnosed with CKD stage 3B. It is now stage 4. Last test showed her kidneys are only functioning at 23% their normal capacity. I have type O negative blood. If I turn out to be a perfect match, can I donate my kidney anonymously to my mother by contacting her doctor? My sister is power of attorney and claims the doctor said she’s too old to get on a donors list and because her disease is related to high blood pressure, she is automatically disqualified to be on the list. I find this hard to believe. She’s 68 years old. I’ve asked my mum if she’d take one of my kidneys and she says no because I might need it later. If it will save her life, I would do anything. So I’d like to know if a person can anonymously donate a kidney to a family member without the family member having to know where it came from. Thank you. The time before last, her kidney functions where at 28%. Now they’re 23%, so she’s losing them fast and I’d like an answer as soon as possible. Thank you.

I order for you to donate a kidney, your mother must first be evaluated to make sure she is eligible for listing on the transplant list.  In order to be evaluated, her estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) must be less … Continue reading

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I am 52 yr old female, Caucasian, with Type A blood. My sister is 62 yrs old and is in Stage 4 kidney failure. She is also diabetic. She gets dialysis 3 times per week. I live in CT and she lives in FL. Besides blood type, what do you see as a barrier or barriers from me possibly being able to donate kidney to her? My health history is fairly good with the exception of being diagnosed and treated for Stage 2B HER2+ breast cancer in 2014. I had chemo, surgery and radiation, followed by an additional 6 months of Herceptin to finish my treatment in early 2015. I am considered cancer free. Does that fact exclude me from being a donor? I’m sure there are other factors involved but bases on this information, would I be eligible to help her?

Each transplant center has their own unique criteria for accepting someone as a kidney donor.  There is no universally accepted criteria that is used to accept a potential kidney donor.  Hence, my best advice would be to discuss your situation … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Donation, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Transplantation

I want to donate the kidney in exchange for anyone or a hospital so that I can talk and agree on that.

You will have to contact a transplant center in your local area. You should know that it is illegal to exchange a kidney donation for anything of value in the United States and most countries around the world. If you … Continue reading

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Sir, we are going for kidney transplant and want to know what are the test to be done of donor and recipient and how much the results have to be to match? Please send me reply. I shall be very pleased. Thank you.

The testing required for a kidney transplant varies with the transplant center, but in general requires ABO blood type matching, HLA-A, HLA-B and HLA-D testing, as well as cross-matching. In some laboratories, Anti-HLA testing and Panel Reactive Antibody (PRA) testing … Continue reading

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Hi Doctor! My mother lives in Florida and I am moving out that way to help take care of her. She is in kidney failure and needs a kidney. I am going to be tested to see if I qualify and also match her so I can give her one of my kidneys. I have a question about medications. I take a few medications and wanted to know if you knew if that would affect the doctors from accepting me as a donor. Zomithozide, Prilosec, Xanax, Paxil, Trazadone, Bactrim, Zyrtec, multivitamin, and D3 & B12. Thank you! If I have to wean off of any of these meds I will do so to help my mom.

I am not able to recommend medication changes without performing a complete history and physical examination. Only your physician and primary care provider (PCP) should recommend changes in your medications. I suggest that you review them with your PCP. I … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Donation, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions