Category Archives: Living Donation

My father has one kidney, which is failing now and is on dialysis. Can I give my kidney to my father?

Your father will first have to accepted on to a transplant list. He must undergo an evaluation to see if he is able to safely accept a kidney transplant. Once he is on the list, then you can be tested … Continue reading

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Hello, We live in Estonia and our country has no experience with such a young child with kidney failure. I have a 2-year-old child who has had kidney failure since birth, she was on dialysis on day 5. I am a suitable donor but my spleen has been removed. Our doctor doesn’t know if I can be a kidney donor or not? What is your opinion, can I be a donor? If you want more information, let me know and I will write more about the child and myself. Can you help us and give us advice? Thank you for your time.

The removal of a spleen should not disqualify you as a kidney donor but I would have to know the reason the spleen was removed. The underlying disease could be a reason why you would not be a donor.   … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Nephrologist, Transplantation | Comments Off on Hello, We live in Estonia and our country has no experience with such a young child with kidney failure. I have a 2-year-old child who has had kidney failure since birth, she was on dialysis on day 5. I am a suitable donor but my spleen has been removed. Our doctor doesn’t know if I can be a kidney donor or not? What is your opinion, can I be a donor? If you want more information, let me know and I will write more about the child and myself. Can you help us and give us advice? Thank you for your time.

My husband has stage 5 CKD (GFR of 13 and declining slowly) and is currently in the process of being approved for a kidney transplant. His CKD is caused by high blood pressure and he had a stroke (relatively minor but some lingering minor symptoms such as slightly slurred speech when he is tired). His CKD is caused by blood pressure for which he is on 4+ medications. For the most part it is under control but sometimes spikes to 160 or so for a short period of time. My question is what can I expect until he gets a transplant? Is he at risk of have sudden acute symptoms related either to a stroke of CKD? I worry about what I am going to find when I come home? Should I, or am I projecting needless negativity?

It is difficult to forecast the future. In general, it is important to control his blood pressure and maintain a low salt diet to avoid fluid retention and help to lower his high blood pressure. He should have his laboratory … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Hypertension/High Blood Pressure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Nephrologist, Transplantation | Comments Off on My husband has stage 5 CKD (GFR of 13 and declining slowly) and is currently in the process of being approved for a kidney transplant. His CKD is caused by high blood pressure and he had a stroke (relatively minor but some lingering minor symptoms such as slightly slurred speech when he is tired). His CKD is caused by blood pressure for which he is on 4+ medications. For the most part it is under control but sometimes spikes to 160 or so for a short period of time. My question is what can I expect until he gets a transplant? Is he at risk of have sudden acute symptoms related either to a stroke of CKD? I worry about what I am going to find when I come home? Should I, or am I projecting needless negativity?

A friend of mine is going through kidney failure and her mother is a living donor. The issue is that she can not find a doctor to do the surgery because her (MAP) insurance doesn’t cover it. Is there a charity that would cover this? She lives in Austin, TX and has not worked for over 10 years due to all of her medical issues. Financially, no one can afford to pay this out of pocket. Desperately needing help before it is too late. FYI applied for Medicaid a couple of months ago and no response. Need help. Please, any advice you can give?

If your friend is disabled and unable to work, she may be eligible for Medicare as well as Medicaid. I suggest that your friend contact the Department of Health and Human Services in the geographic area that she resides. She … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Insurance & Medicare Coverage, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Transplantation | Comments Off on A friend of mine is going through kidney failure and her mother is a living donor. The issue is that she can not find a doctor to do the surgery because her (MAP) insurance doesn’t cover it. Is there a charity that would cover this? She lives in Austin, TX and has not worked for over 10 years due to all of her medical issues. Financially, no one can afford to pay this out of pocket. Desperately needing help before it is too late. FYI applied for Medicaid a couple of months ago and no response. Need help. Please, any advice you can give?

I have a biological brother on the kidney list. I haven’t spoken to him in years. Is there anything I can do; I believe I wouldn’t be able to donate because I myself have developed type one diabetes after being misdiagnosed as a type 2 for the last two years?

If you are a Type 1 diabetic, then you cannot be a candidate to donate a kidney to your brother. A diabetic needs both kidneys. However, you can certainly call or visit and express concern to your brother. Patients on … Continue reading

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A dialysis patient with calcification of arteries – on a waiting list for transplant now being denied transplant. Why? Can’t this condition be treated? Since this condition is brought on by dialysis, isn’t there something that can be done to treat it so the patient can then be active on list for transplant?

Calcified vessels make the surgical connection of vessels very difficult and sometimes results in loss of a donated kidney. This is a serious problem and there is no way to remove the calcium in the vessel once it calcifies. The … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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 | Comments Off on 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?