Category Archives: Living Donation

I donated a kidney in 2001. My wound became infected and was open for several months. Since then my health has steadily declined. Biggest issue is energy. I seem to need to rest a lot and can only work a few days per week and never for 8 hours. My blood work all comes back Normal. Can you suggest an avenue I can follow to get better?

I cannot make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present. In some instances, an illness such as this produces de-conditioning. This means that your strength and stamina have been depleted because of illness and lack of activity. … Continue reading

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

After watching a few of my friends go through really bad kidney problems (and thankfully recover though some of them came close to needing a transplant) I thought to myself, I would donate a kidney to someone who really needed it. I’m in good health and all of that and I know there’s a huge need for kidney donors out there. Is there a way to just go somewhere and say “here take my kidney and give it to someone on a list” or is it far more complex than that?

People who donate a kidney in a non-directed fashion such as you propose are known as altruistic donors. Being a kidney donor can be a bit more complex than just deciding to donate a kidney. You must be in excellent … Continue reading

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

My 61 year old father was told last week he needs to go on dialysis or get a kidney transplant. I am 41 and in excellent health. However, 4.5 years ago I was diagnosed with Stage 1 invasive breast cancer. It was 6mm. I had a lumpectomy and all of the cancer was removed. It had not spread to my lymph nodes. I also did 6 weeks of radiation. Since then all of my regular breast check ups have been fine. I know there is a lot of testing involved in being a donor, but I would like to know if having had cancer is an automatic disqualifier.

In most situations like this, a transplant center will require that you are cancer free for at least 5 years before allowing you to be a kidney donor. Each transplant center has policies and procedures that are followed in order … Continue reading

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

I was on Furosemide for a year, but losing weight, proper exercise and diet. I’ve now been off it a year and in good health. My sister may need a kidney in a couple of years (she was just diagnosed with multiple myeloma and receiving chemotherapy for the first 6 weeks, and they hope to broaden it to stem cells transplant). If necessary, I want to make sure I will be able to donate one of mine to her. Is there a preparation I can do to optimize my match to her, and will a doctor be willing to take my kidney if she needs a donor?

There is no specific activity that you could do that would make you a better kidney donor.  Leading a healthy lifestyle, such as not smoking, increasing your extra physical activity by 150 minute per week, eating a healthy diet, and … Continue reading

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

I am 52 yr old female, Caucasian, with Type A blood. My sister is 62 yrs old and is in Stage 4 kidney failure. She is also diabetic. She gets dialysis 3 times per week. I live in CT and she lives in FL. Besides blood type, what do you see as a barrier or barriers from me possibly being able to donate kidney to her? My health history is fairly good with the exception of being diagnosed and treated for Stage 2B HER2+ breast cancer in 2014. I had chemo, surgery and radiation, followed by an additional 6 months of Herceptin to finish my treatment in early 2015. I am considered cancer free. Does that fact exclude me from being a donor? I’m sure there are other factors involved but bases on this information, would I be eligible to help her?

Each transplant center has their own unique criteria for accepting someone as a kidney donor.  There is no universally accepted criteria that is used to accept a potential kidney donor.  Hence, my best advice would be to discuss your situation … Continue reading

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

Hi. Can you donate a kidney after having lung cancer? Had left upper lobe removed in Aug.2012 had chemo. I have been checked and rechecked so far all test are good. Can I be a candidate for donation?

I would doubt that most transplant centers would permit kidney donation with a history of lung cancer.  Each individual transplant center determines who can and who cannot be a donor, so you are free to apply and see if you … Continue reading

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

I was just denied to be a kidney donor to my very dear friend because my microalbumin number was 90. Can I change this and get retested? Will they reconsider me? I‘m healthy. I’m not diabetic. I just want to be his donor.

I do not know the reason you were rejected as a kidney donor, but each and every transplant center makes their own rules about who can and who cannot be a kidney donor. While you can try to clear up … Continue reading

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

Doctor, how can I get a living donor card?

There is no such thing as a living donor card. I’m not sure where you learned of this, but there are some donor scams that suggest that the National Kidney Foundation offers a living donor card. We do not offer … Continue reading

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

I am 7 & 1/2 years post Kidney Transplant from a live donor. I have had no episodes of rejection and life is good! However, after a regular blood test to checkout the Anibody situation, they have found evidence of a positive antibody being present (layman understanding) My renal bloods are excellent with a Creatinine of 85 (UK). What are my options in managing this situation in terms of now and increase in the possible long term outcome of rejection?

This depends on the type of antibody that has been detected and what the antibody is directed against. There are many different antibodies that can be detected including Anti-HLA antibodies, antibodies against kidney components, viral antibodies, and auto-immune antibodies. I … Continue reading

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

Hello, I have CKD. My right kidney one shut down, when I was in my 20’s. My left kidney one is doing the same thing. My Creatinine is 6.5. I have a donor already to go. All our testing is done but transplant center wants me to do lung rehabilitation. My legs and feet swell up every day. I am so tired every day. You know some people have to wait a long time to get a match. I have one ready. My husband is my donor and they don’t want to do it right now. We were hoping I didn’t have to go on dialysis. We were trying to avoid that. But the transplant center says I may have to go on dialysis right now. Why can’t they do the transplant? No body understands why they won’t just do it. We are good to go. I am getting worse. I can feel it. I don’t want to do anything any more. I’m so tired all the time. Please, I need some body to talk to about this. Thank you!!

I do not know why you are not able to proceed with living donor transplantation.  I can only suggest that you discuss this with your transplant coordinator and your transplant surgeon.  The may be medical issues that must be addressed … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Dialysis, Living Donation, Serum Creatinine, Transplantation