Category Archives: Living Donation

I live in New Zealand. Can I donate a kidney to a non blood family member in Canada?

The person in Canada would have to get on a list in Canada to be accepted as a kidney transplant recipient and then you could offer to donate at that kidney transplant center in Canada. Hence, your non blood family … Continue reading

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

Is taking lactaid before eating dairy OK for a single kidney (donor)?

Lactaid is an enzyme that helps break down milk sugars into simple sugars. It is safe for patients with reduced kidney function.

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

I am 72 and in fairly good health. Can I donate a kidney to my daughter, who is in desperate need? If she smoked, how long does she have after quitting before she could get my kidney or one from her healthy sisters?

There are no national standards or universally accepted guidelines for who can and who cannot donate a kidney. Each individual transplant center determines who they will allow to get a kidney transplant and who they will allow to be a … Continue reading

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My dad lost both his kidneys due to an unknown and unexpected hemorrhage in both kidneys. Prior to this, he was completely healthy. The doctors could never determine the issue of the hemorrhages. He’s currently on dialysis. What things should he do or continue to do to keep him going? Also, are there ways to receive an organ transplant more quickly due to the severity of the issue?

The most important things for a dialysis patient to do well is to follow his diet as recommended by his dietitian and to limit his weight gains on dialysis. I have found that patients who gain less than 5 pounds … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Dialysis, Diet/Nutrition, Hypertension/High Blood Pressure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Transplantation

I am a General Practitioner in India. I would like to refer a CKD patient for transplant. Guide me; what are the steps?

I do not know the steps required in India for transplant referral. Many of your larger cities should have transplant programs. I suggest you contact the hospital in the largest city closest to your location and inquire about speaking to … Continue reading

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

Will a donor be allowed to donate a kidney to a patient if they get a tattoo 4 weeks before surgery?

Each transplant center has local rules about who they will and who they will not permit to donate a kidney. There are no nationwide guidelines that are followed by all transplant centers. I would have some concern about the possibility … Continue reading

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Dear Doctor, I lost my father, 73 years of age, 4 months ago. He was diagnosed with CKD about 11 years ago and his creatinine level was between 2 to 3.5 for most of this item and increased to 4.5 in December 2017. He started dialysis in May 2018 and passed away in Dec 2018 due to upper GI bleed. I have been wondering why he was not recommended for preemptive kidney transplant. He did not suffer from any other co-morbidity. After entering into stage 5, he had a bout of pneumonia and COPD and was suspected of having TB later on. I feel he would have been qualified for transplant before entering into Stage 5 of CKD. Please throw some light on the subject.

Preemptive kidney transplantation is an option for patients who have progressive kidney disease and who have potential living donors. Tuberculosis (TB) and lung disease can be contraindications to transplantation, if these are active. Getting a cadaver donor can be a … Continue reading

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

Are parents always a match for a transplant to their children or are there times when they are not a match?

A biological parent should be at least a 50% match for their child. In commonly describing this, we talk about a three out of six (3 of 6) antigen mismatch. This is the least it can be and then depends … Continue reading

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My brother (age 62) is at GFR 24, Cre 2.74. I don’t know where to turn to get the info that if I was to provide him (67 is my age) with a kidney transplant, since I have the condition of Lichen Sclerosis and use steroid Triamcinolone Acetonide ointment every 5 days and I also have Genital Herpes Simplex and take Valacyclovir tablet daily would I be able to donate a kidney to him. I certainly don’t want to pass on these diseases to my brother but can’t seem to find information about what diseases can be or won’t be transferred to a kidney transplant recipient. Can you answer this question or direct me to who or where to attempt to get these answered? Since my brother has Schizo Affective, I do all the research for him. His kidney disease was brought on from a doctor not monitoring the use of Lithium from his blood test many years ago. Brother is functioning well on his meds with his mental illness but I do have a concern if dialysis will flush or dilute the meds and this will be a concern with dialysis. Since the Nephrologist we see is a owner of a dialysis center, I have concerns that her answers may be swayed more towards using dialysis. Just trying to gather information to know what is the best option and to be prepared as much as possible for the future. May try to find another Nephrologist that doesn’t own a dialysis center and therefore, we wouldn’t have these concerns of getting the unbiased info we need. (We both take thyroid meds for low thyroid and I am using estradoil tablets right now for skin thinning due to the use of the steroids.) All information or direction you could provide would be most welcomed.

Neither Lichen Sclerosis or Genital Herpes should be transferred as a result of being a kidney donor. You can get more information about kidney transplantation and being a kidney donor on our web site at:  https://www.kidney.org/transplantation/livingdonors

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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