Category Archives: Living Donation

Is it possible for me, a type O, to donate to my aunt which is a type B +? If it is possible, even the slightest plausibility it could work, how can I donate and how much would the surgery cost? I’m from the Philippines in western Visayas.

A person with Type O blood might be able to donate a kidney to a person with Type B blood, as long as the rest of the matching is acceptable.  Your aunt would have to go to a transplant unit … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Living Donation, organ donation, Transplantation

I have recently gone through the process of testing to donate a kidney to a friend. Unfortunately, I was told my kidneys are only functioning at 50% so I will not be able to donate. I would just like a second opinion if this is true, and if it is do I need to be concerned for the health of my kidneys?

I suggest that you ask your primary care physician (PCP) for a referral to a nephrologist who can evaluate your concerns.  If there was a problem that would preclude you from being a kidney donor, then a complete evaluation may … Continue reading

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

I was a live donor for my ex-husband and so my kidney functions are checked regularly. About three months ago my creatinine level through blood test was .52. My last test a week ago was 1.06. It’s more than doubled in just three months! What can I ingest that will have a positive impact on my kidney function and hopefully bring this level back down? I have already stopped drinking tap water, which is full of chlorine and other toxins, and switched to spring water bottled at the source. No pork ever. I eat mostly fruit and vegetables. I recently stopped eating these out of the can, just in case of chemicals, and switched to fresh. About the only meat I eat is lean boneless, skinless chicken breast grown organically and flash frozen. I think if I don’t put poisons in my body to begin with, my kidney won’t have to work so hard. At 61 years old is there any other ideas you may have?

A serum creatinine test of 0.52 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) seems a bit low for someone with only one kidney.  I suspect that this test may have been in error.  The level of 1.06 seems more believable.  The goal of … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Living Donation, Medication and Kidney Function, Serum Creatinine, Symptoms and Side Effects

Could deaf and dumb people be a living donor for kidney?

Yes, a person who cannot speak and cannot hear could be considered as a kidney donor. For more information on living donation click here:

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Hello, I am interested in finding out how to become a living kidney donor. I am 44 and I have been thinking about this for a while. But, my mum has recently had a stroke and I want to give something back for all the help that she has been given. So, I am serious and I look forward to hearing from you.

If you wish to be considered for kidney donation, you must contact a transplant center in your area.  If you live in the United States, then you can visit the living donor site at the United Network for Organ Sharing … Continue reading

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Do all transplant centers use the same criteria to qualify living donors, when it comes to the anatomy of the donor’s kidneys? I am hoping to donate, but was declined by the transplant center I’ve been working with because a CT abdominal scan showed one of my kidneys has several right renal hypoattenuating foci, well circumscribed and likely cysts. The left kidney is fine, but it has 2 renal arteries. All other tests have been clear. Might there be a different transplant center with a good reputation that would consider my case?

No.  Transplant centers have always used local decisions to accept or reject potential donors.  There are no universal nationwide guidelines that are used to determine who will and who will not be accepted as a kidney donor. You can offer … Continue reading

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

I am a 40 year old woman. I donated my left kidney to my mom in 2001. My labs for the last few years have shown creatinine of 1.02-1.04 and a GFR of 58-60. Should I be concerned? I’m not sure if I should make an appointment with a nephrologist to discuss kidney care after donation.

A serum creatinine of 1.02 – 1.04 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) and an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) between 58 and 60 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared is normal for a single functioning kidney.  I suggest that you … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Donation, GFR, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Living Donation, Nephrectomy / One kidney, organ donation, Symptoms and Side Effects, Urinary Tract Infection/Pyelonephritis, Urological Issues

I was informed today that the Transplant Team has denied me being able to donate a kidney to my brother. The reason they gave was that I had an elevated fasting blood sugar of 114 along with my family history of diabetes. I am the only one in my family who doesn’t have diabetes. My question is, why can’t I have the choice to donate a kidney? What happens if my brother never gets a kidney due to how long the list of recipients is? Shouldn’t it be my choice? Couldn’t stress be a big factor that causes my sugars to be elevated all of a sudden? Can I at least ask to be retested?

Each transplant center determines who will and who will not be a kidney donor. There are no nationwide accepted guidelines for transplant centers to follow.  It is generally felt that if someone has a risk of developing diabetes, there are … Continue reading

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I want to be a living kidney donor to someone that needs one. I have thought about this long and hard. I just don’t know where to start. can you please help me? I also want to be a bone marrow donor also. I feel it in my heart this is what I need to do. I would love to give back a child or adult his life back. Thank you so much. I know thousands of people need kidneys everyday but I don’t know how to get to one of them to help them. Helping someone live is my compassion and ultimate goal in life. Please help me find someone who is need of my kidney. Thank you.

You will need to contact on organ transplant center in your area.  You can explore the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) web site at:  https://www.unos.org/ You can also find an organ transplant center in your area by visiting https://optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/members/member-directory/ For … Continue reading

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I recently was cleared to be a kidney donor and have been doing research on life after kidney donation. I met with the transplant team and have had my questions answered, but want to reach out regarding weightlifting and nutrition post kidney donation. After resting the suggested 6 weeks, will I be able to return to lifting? Other than not consuming excessive protein, are there any other dietary restrictions I should be aware of? Are there any supplements I should consider adding to my diet? I.e. multivitamin?

After surgery like this, a release to return to weight lifting is best answered by your surgeon.  Weight lifting will not affect your single kidney and would have no adverse effects on your kidney function, but because of the surgical … Continue reading

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