Category Archives: Living Donation

I am 7 & 1/2 years post Kidney Transplant from a live donor. I have had no episodes of rejection and life is good! However, after a regular blood test to checkout the Anibody situation, they have found evidence of a positive antibody being present (layman understanding) My renal bloods are excellent with a Creatinine of 85 (UK). What are my options in managing this situation in terms of now and increase in the possible long term outcome of rejection?

This depends on the type of antibody that has been detected and what the antibody is directed against. There are many different antibodies that can be detected including Anti-HLA antibodies, antibodies against kidney components, viral antibodies, and auto-immune antibodies. I … Continue reading

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

Hello, I have CKD. My right kidney one shut down, when I was in my 20’s. My left kidney one is doing the same thing. My Creatinine is 6.5. I have a donor already to go. All our testing is done but transplant center wants me to do lung rehabilitation. My legs and feet swell up every day. I am so tired every day. You know some people have to wait a long time to get a match. I have one ready. My husband is my donor and they don’t want to do it right now. We were hoping I didn’t have to go on dialysis. We were trying to avoid that. But the transplant center says I may have to go on dialysis right now. Why can’t they do the transplant? No body understands why they won’t just do it. We are good to go. I am getting worse. I can feel it. I don’t want to do anything any more. I’m so tired all the time. Please, I need some body to talk to about this. Thank you!!

I do not know why you are not able to proceed with living donor transplantation.  I can only suggest that you discuss this with your transplant coordinator and your transplant surgeon.  The may be medical issues that must be addressed … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Living Donation, Serum Creatinine, Transplantation

Hello, I’m 22 years old, I live in Ukraine. I want to become a living kidney donor blood group 2.

I suggest that you visit our web site about being a kidney donor.  You can find this on our web site at:  https://www.kidney.org/transplantation/livingdonors

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

My elder brother needs a kidney transplant but cannot go on the donor list because he also has prostate cancer. I am 58 years of age, have had hairy cell leukemia, which was treated and I’ve been in remission since 2002. I do have hemochromatosis, but it is kept under control. Would I be allowed to give my brother a kidney if we are a blood match? He is currently at 13% function.Thanks!

Your brother must first be accepted to the transplant list prior to you being evaluated as a donor.  If you have leukemia and hemochromatosis, it is unlikely you will be accepted as a donor.  The hemochromatosis predisposes you to diabetes … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Donation, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, organ donation, Risk factors, Transplantation

Hello Doctor, You hopefully can answer this. I’m thinking of donating a kidney to my boyfriend. If I have had a spleen removed would I be able to? Also, I’m not eligible to give blood because of this, would that eliminate me from being a donor?

I can think of no reason why having a splenectomy should exclude you as a kidney donor.  Your boyfriend must first get on the transplant list, then  I recommend that you could call your local transplant center and discuss this … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Living Donation, organ donation, Risk factors, Symptoms and Side Effects, Transplantation

I am 37, unmarried with no children. I worked in Radiation Oncology as a Therapist and loved helping people. I am in a new job in surgery that I love, but I still feel a need to give back. I am pretty accepting of the fact that I will probably not have children. I am overweight but otherwise healthy…but I do suffer from depression. I have done well and don’t think this should cause any mental harm, maybe even be helpful. What do you think about altruistic donation in my case?

The donation of a kidney to someone with whom you do not have a personal relationship is known as “altruistic donation”.  We have a blog on our web site that deals with giving and receiving a kidney.  It is called … Continue reading

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

I am age 24 Male. As I want to donate my kidney to the person who is suffering from dialysis, age above 50+ male. Could you please let me know will this work for a patient and how many days months or years can I live healthy with single kidney in a married life? Please explain to me brief about my doubts and process for further steps to donate my kidney.

I am unable to offer you a prognosis without performing a complete history and physical examination.  We have further information on our web site about kidney donation and being an organ donor.  You can access our site called “The Big … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Living Donation

What is the best way to find a donor: My friend just started dialysis. The hospital wait lists seem longer than the average lifespan of someone on dialysis. And I have read the sooner the better. Three potential donors have failed to pass their health screening.

Each family and group of friends has unique ways of interacting in regards to seeking a donor for a kidney patient.  We have a page on our web site that deals with seeking donors (The Big Ask) and being a … Continue reading

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

If I donate a kidney and the person dies can I have it reattached? What are the chances of having negative health effects like rejection from a reattached kidney?

There are rare instances when the kidney transplant recipient suffers brain death and in such cases, the kidney has been removed and replaced in the donor in cases of living donation.  I am aware of one instance when the kidney … Continue reading

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

I had a pyeloplasty in 2006 due to a ureteral pelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction. I am now having pain in my left kidney going down to my groin. I am slightly nauseous. There is no pain while urinating, urine is clear and I do not have a fever. Can the pyeloplasty fail? Or could it be a stone or infection or anything else? I appreciate any advice.

The question that you ask is a urological question.  I am a nephrologist and do not perform surgery and do not deal with diseases of the lower urinary tract.  I suggest that you consult with your primary care physician (PCP) … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Nephrologist, Symptoms and Side Effects, Treatments, Urological Issues