Category Archives: Living Donation

Does having epilepsy or a history of seizures exclude a person from being a living donor? I continue to have abnormal EEG readings and am required to stay on Keppra permanently.

Someone who has well controlled seizure disorder could be considered for a kidney donor.  Each individual transplant center has the option to choose who can and who cannot be a kidney donor.  If you wish to be considered for kidney … Continue reading

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Hi! My husband has only one kidney at his left side because he is a donor before, but he feels pain now at his back and his operation, he feel pain. What can I do to help him?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I suggest that your husband be examined by his physician and have a complete history and physical examination.    

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I am a kidney donor. I have pain in my upper right side. The doctor did a US abdomen. He says I have some kidney swelling. Would a CT (I’m allergic to iodine dye) or an MRI be a better exam for me.

I am unable to recommend medical testing or management without performing a complete history and physical examination.  Testing with computerized tomography (CT) scanning or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is done for specific reasons.  I suggest that you consult with your … Continue reading

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Can someone who has had hepatits B and diabetes be a kidney donor?

Each transplant center has the capacity to decide who will and will not be allowed to be a kidney donor.  The diabetes that you mention would likely be denied by most transplant programs.  Hepatitis B might not be an exclusion … Continue reading

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

I want to understand my health risk if I donate a kidney to a close friend. My father had type 1 diabetes diagnosed at age 18. He was insulin dependent his entire life. My father died at 62 years old due to congestive heart failure. My mother has type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, both were diagnosed in her 50’s, she’s 67 years old. My mother has had two mild strokes, but suffers no physical impairments. My mother’s father had extremely high blood pressure and late life diabetes. He suffered many strokes, resulting in paralysis, loss speech and finally an inability to swallow. I’ve read that kidney donation could result in high blood pressure or diabetes. Based on my family history, am I at a greater risk of suffering post operation hypertension or diabetes.? I am in very good health aside from my anemia, which I am told is a result of beta thalassemia. I am 5’4″ and 135 pounds. My blood pressure is typical 105/68.

I am unable to provide a prognosis based on the information that you present.  It certainly seems that you are at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD) based on your family history and you should be screened for CKD annually. … Continue reading

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I volunteered as a living donor (my wife is on the kidney transplant list), but was turned down by the transplant team because I had breast cancer five (5) years ago. During my BC treatment I underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments (I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma, Stage 1). However, I have been cancer-free for five years and am in good health. Why would I be turned down as a living donor?

The decision to accept someone as a kidney donor is dependent on the judgement and protocols established by the individual transplant centers.  There are no nationwide guidelines for accepting a kidney donor.  Hence, the decision to reject you as a … Continue reading

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Hi. I had a cat scan and it claims my kidney is swollen. Told to watch it. I then had urine test and it came back with white blood cells in urine of 70. But no significant growth at a low number. I’m confused. I have had flank pain constant on my ride side to my back and now it’s elevating to my left side. Any opinions for me?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  Your symptoms could be compatible with kidney infection, but also could be from many other causes.  I suggest that you discuss your concerns with your … Continue reading

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

My husband donated one kidney to a family member a year ago. On his post surgery blood work, his creatinine came back slightly over the average baseline I believe it was 1.3 mg/dL . His surgeon informed us it was higher than they would like but didn’t feel it was a significant concern at the time. They continued to monitor my husbands levels. However in between that time we had to switch providers / specialists, his new specialist has his blood work and test from pre ad post surgery and they feel the creatinine level is high signifying he has CKD . Are there books or articles to help us better understand this, should we be concerned that he has a high risk of renal failure? We are going to change our diet and adjust it where need be but as his support system. I just don’t know where to begin and which diet to follow?

Since your husband has had one kidney removed, he should have a decline in his total kidney function reflecting the loss of one-half of his kidney function.  This can lead to a rise in his serum creatinine.  This may be … Continue reading

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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

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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

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