Category Archives: Living Donation

Hello Dr., our doctor recommended we do hemodialysis, but it’s not affordable to do it twice every week. Any other solutions please?

The options available for patients with advanced kidney disease include either hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Kidney transplantation can be offered if there is a kidney donor available. Otherwise, conservative management can be offered so that someone can live as long … Continue reading

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

Hello Dr., I am a kidney donor and a 67 year old white male. What should my GFR be? Thank you!

If you donated a kidney to someone for transplantation, your estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) should be around 50% of normal. A normal eGFR is between 100 and 120 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared. However, everyone loses kidney … Continue reading

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

Hello, I am going through the process of being tested to be an organ donor for my brother. I have epilepsy that is well controlled and I haven’t had any seizures in years. Could my epilepsy prevent me from being a kidney donor?

Epilepsy that is well controlled should not be a problem with being a kidney donor but each individual transplant center determines who they will and who they will not permit to be a kidney donor. You should discuss this with … Continue reading

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

I am a kidney donor. It’s been 3 years now. And when I last checked my creatinine level, it was 1.32. Is this normal for a kidney donor? How can I decrease the creatinine level? And if I want to have a baby now, what are the things I’ve to consider? In what ways can I have a healthy pregnancy?

It is very possible to have a normal pregnancy and normal child with one kidney. It is very common for young females with a single kidney to conceive, tolerate a pregnancy and have a normal child. I am unable to … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, GFR, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Nephrectomy / One kidney, Pregnancy / Kids, Serum Creatinine

I have a friend who needs a kidney and is the same blood type as me. I want to donate, but I had my thyroid removed back in 2012 due to cysts. Can I still donate if I don’t have a thyroid?

The removal of your thyroid should not change your ability to donate a kidney, however, each transplant center determines the criteria they will use to allow someone to be a kidney donor. There are no nationwide accepted qualification criteria that … Continue reading

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

Hi sir, I’m a student, 28 years old. I just want to know how long does a living kidney donor live for? I’m actually considering donating a kidney,

Kidney donors are generally more healthy than the general population and hence have a better life expectancy than the general population.  People who donate kidneys can expect to live an otherwise normal life.  You can visit our web site and … Continue reading

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

I donated a kidney 10 years ago. I am 65 years old. My GFR is 58 and a recent 24 hr urine creat clearance came back at 70.92 L (reference range 80.00-110.00) The doctor said all was normal. Do you say these numbers are normal? Should I be concerned?

After donation of a kidney, the expected estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is between 50 and 70 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared. The normal for the creatinine clearance would be somewhere around 60 to 80 milliliters per minute. … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Clinical Trials/Studies, GFR, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Serum Creatinine, Urinary Tract Infection/Pyelonephritis

Can I donate my own kidney?

Yes. You must be evaluated by a transplant center to see if you could be considered as a kidney donor. You can designate someone to receive your kidney if accepted or you can also become an altruistic donor and not … Continue reading

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

I read that at some point in the past, kidney donations could only be provided by family members. Do you have any idea when this law changed? I can’t find the answer anywhere.

To my knowledge, there has never been a law that kidney donations must be done by a family member. Cadaver donors have been around since the 1950’s and the first successful kidney transplant was done between identical twin brothers (living … Continue reading

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

I am a kidney donor. My Dr wants to give me a cortisone shot in my knee that is buckling due to a fall. Since I only have one kidney are there risks to my single kidney from taking a cortisone shot?

A cortisone shot should not have any significant effect on your remaining kidney function.

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Donation, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Medication and Kidney Disease, Medication and Kidney Function, Nephrectomy / One kidney