Category Archives: Living Donation

I donated a kidney in 2014, have started to have pain where the missing kidney was, left side. Normal or not. Just trying to save a trip to Dr. office, money is funny for me right now.

I am a nephrologist and not a surgeon.  I have very little experience with kidney donors after they donate a kidney.  I have not heard of late pain after kidney donation.  I suggest you consult with your physician for an … Continue reading

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

My mother is about 65 years but she has no diabetes nor blood pressure. She is a kidney donor and donate her one kidney to my younger brother on the year 2009. But 4 days before she is in fever and take the medicine Augmentin 625 twice daily for 3 days. Now she is well. She is on severe cold and cough from last 30 years. As per the advice of doctor, she checked the fasting blood sugar, cbc, & urine r/m and the value of urine report of protein is 1+ (25mg/dl), fbs is 119, & WBC is 14.6 , lymphocyte=16, RBC=4.42, RDW-CV= 15.3. Is it serIous OR NOT? Please advise what should I do OR WHICH MEDICINE SHE SHOULD TAKE TO PREVENT PROTEIN IN URINE?

I am unable to establish a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I am not sure of what infection she was treating and I am not sure if the protein in her urine is significant.  Fever alone … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Symptoms and Side Effects

What is the average time between when a living donor is identified as a match and when the transplant surgery occurs?

I don’t know that there is any way to track this and I am unaware of any statistics on this. Once a living donor is identified for a potential recipient who is on the transplant list, then there must be … Continue reading

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

Hello sir, I am an Indian and my age is 24. My blood group is O positive. I want to be an organ donor (any organ). If you have any requirements regarding this matter, please contact me through mail. Thank you.

Neither the National Kidney Foundation nor I make any arrangements for kidney donation. In order to be a organ donor, you must contact your local transplant center. You must contact the transplant center to be evaluated as a potential donor. … Continue reading

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

I am 54 & have only one kidney since 1984 (removed due to shriveled up and nonfunctional from chronic infections as kid). Just diagnosed with breast cancer and they want me to take Neulasta with the dose dense AC chemo. I am concerned with the side effects of the Neulasta with only one kidney on top of the heavy chemo. Any idea on how likely it would cause damage to end up on dialysis. Right now my CMP shows GFR >60, other values WNL.

Neulasta (Pegfilgrastim) rarely causes kidney injury from allergic reactions or stimulation of your immune system. These are rare events. I would be more concerned about chemotherapy drugs which can cause toxicity to the kidney. These reactions are also rare. I … Continue reading

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

I’m a 47 year old white female. I donated a kidney to my sister in Dec > 2017 and have not had any problems. No chronic diseases, 0 meds, 0 > alcohol/tob. Been feeling off for a few weeks, with slight urgency, > then 3 days ago woke up with worsening urgency and frequency, nausea > and vomited once. I’m an FNP so ran a UA expecting leuks or maybe a > little blood, but leuks and nitr. Neg, small bili., trace blood and > ketones, 1+ prot., sg >1.030, ph 5.5. My PCP was full so had a > colleague prescribe Macrobid. Now on day 4 urgency and frequency much > better after day 1, but can’t get rid of the nausea. I would say it > was just the Macrobid if the nausea hadn’t started before taking. Just > worried only having 1 kidney. Hoping all the above is just a nasty > bladder infection, but with no leuks. Can the other positives on my > UA be caused by infection? Haven’t had a bladder or any kind of > infection in over 20 years. Drink good amount of water. This just came > out of nowhere and the UA has me freaked out. Is the nausea Macrobid > or infection? Does the UA reflect infection or kidney issue?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I can only suggest that you be seen and have a complete examination.  It is often said that “people who treat themselves often have a … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, Medication and Kidney Function, Symptoms and Side Effects, Treatments

My brother had kidney failure and just started on PD at home. I am considering donating my kidney if it’s a match but was wondering if my daily glass of wine will be a problem with my kidney donation?

Drinking one glass of wine per day should not be a concern for a prospective kidney donor. This can even be a healthy thing to do as long as the wine drinking does not become excessive. Men may safely drink … Continue reading

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

I may soon need a kidney transplant. My daughter would like to be a donor, but had dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (a rare skin cancer) 7 years ago. The cancer never spread, was treated with surgery alone, and she’s been cancer-free for 7 years. Would she be an eligible donor?

Each transplant center has the responsibility to determine who can and who cannot be a kidney donor for their center. There are no nationwide criteria used to determine who can and cannot be a kidney donor. In my experience, transplant … Continue reading

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

Getting ready to start the transplant process. What are some questions to ask the transplant team?

There are many questions but to get you started, I suggest that you review our web site regarding transplantation. The web site is known as “The Big Ask” and “The Big Give”. You will find some helpful information on this … Continue reading

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

Hi Dr. Thank you for the valuable service you provide here. You often state that a person with solitary normal kidney (whether acquired or congential) is expected to return a value of approx. 70% GFR value/function of someone with 2 normal kidneys. My son is 18 yrs old and has a stable GFR of around 70-78 every 6 months. His left kidney is non functioning due to severe hydronephrosis since childhood. His right kidney has grown normally and is of normal size (not over-sized) and normal ultrasound findings. Our urologist has always maintained that he should have a GFR within normal ranges (as someone with 2 kidneys) because his right kidney should have compensated since his left stopped working. Obviously this has not been the case. I’m curious of your opinion as to whether an 18 year old boy with single kidney should in fact have a GFR of over 90, or if a stable 70-75 range is perfectly “normal” for him? My fear is that something may be wrong with his right kidney due to the Uro stating his GFR should be higher and within normal ranges. Would it be possible for my son to have had this same GFR thru childhood of 70-75, and his kidney is in fact healthy? Basically he’s a healthy person with solitary kidney? Thank you for your thoughts.

There are a number of possibilities here. It is true that if someone is born with a single kidney rather than being born with one functioning and one non-functioning kidney, that the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and measure GFR … Continue reading

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