Category Archives: Donation

Dear Dr. Spry, I’m a 185 lb (84 kg) male kidney donor. I run, bike & lift weights. My protein intake is 100% from food (no supplements). My daily protein intake ranges from 80 to 140 g strictly through food (my go-to power snack is dry roasted edamame). My water intake is about 120 fl oz. per day. Do you believe I should cut back on protein from food in order to protect my kidney? Thanks.

I do not recommend a high protein diet for patients with a single kidney.  I typically suggest protein intake in the form of high biological value protein and intake of between 0.8 and 1.2 grams per kilogram per day.  Hence, … Continue reading

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

I had syphilis 23 years ago that was fully treated at the time. Will this disqualify me from becoming a living kidney donor?

Prior successful treatment for Syphilis should have no impact on whether you can be a kidney donor.    

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

This is a question I’ve had a variety of answers about. I know Marijuana has its good and bad points. My question is about transplant financial eligibility. Will Medicare refuse to cover their portion if the patient uses prescribed marijuana for pain?

Medicare has no official policy on marijuana. Medicare is the payer for most transplants but allows each individual transplant center to determine who can and who cannot be a donor and a recipient of a kidney transplant. Some transplant centers … Continue reading

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

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: https://www.kidney.org/transplantation/beadonor You can also visit the web site for the United Network for Organ Sharing at: … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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