Category Archives: organ donation

I am a healthy 46 year old woman. I am seriously considering donating a kidney to a local person in need. I have been through almost all of the testing and we are practically set to go with the transplant but I am nervous. I know I can’t dwell on what-ifs but is there any reason medically why I shouldn’t go through with this? I am very active. I don’t want that to stop. The recipient is at 10% kidney function. Is this a desperate situation for him?

I am unable to give you an opinion without performing a complete history and physical examination. You and your physician are the best persons to help make this decision. I suggest that you visit our web site regarding donating and … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, organ donation, Transplantation

My cousin is mid 30’s and does not have either kidney. She is cleared to have a live donor. I would like to write something up to provide statistics on her scenario for people to understand medically what a rare situation this is. Can you advise on statistics of: 1) About how many people are living now with out either kidney? 2) What is the average age of a person in this situation? 3) What other statistics and information would be helpful for others to understand what it means to donate a kidney. I think I found about how many live transplants are done a year. Also the risk to someone that donates. It did not hit me how rare this scenario is until I went into the ICU with her a few years ago to visit and I heard the nurses say in shock that she had neither and they did not know it was possible to live with out them. My point is asking for information to motivate others to become a living donor. Thank you!

I am not familiar with any statistics about how many people are living on dialysis without any kidneys being present. This data is not compiled by any entity that I am aware of. We have a section on our web … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Dialysis, Kidney-Related Health Questions, organ donation

I just found out my 14 year old daughter has to have a kidney removed. She has had a blockage since she was born and the specialists did not diagnose properly. Thus resulting in the recent discovery that it is not functioning and is making her sick, hence the removal. Is it possible for me, or her father, to give her one of our kidneys? Note: her other kidney is currently functioning. The specialists cannot pinpoint for how long her body has been operating with one functioning kidney.

Your daughter should be fine with a single kidney as long as it is functioning normally.  It is not necessary to perform a kidney transplant for someone who has a single normal functioning kidney.  There are many people who live … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrectomy / One kidney, organ donation

I was a kidney donor in 1994 and since have had high blood pressure and a GFR of 60 or below. Is this a Normal GFR for one kidney? My Creatinine & Bun numbers are normal. Thank you!

Yes, the normal estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) for a single kidney is about 50 to 70 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared.  Hence, your result would be normal for a single kidney.  Your blood pressure should be kept … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrectomy / One kidney, organ donation

Hi, my sister has Hepatitis A from food poisoning and its been 4 weeks but it shows positive in her blood. Can she still donate her kidney to me?

It would not be a good idea for your sister to be a kidney donor while she still has an active case of Hepatitis. I suggest that kidney donation be avoided until she clears her Hepatitis.

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, organ donation

My elder brother needs a kidney transplant but cannot go on the donor list because he also has prostate cancer. I am 58 years of age, have had hairy cell leukemia, which was treated and I’ve been in remission since 2002. I do have hemochromatosis, but it is kept under control. Would I be allowed to give my brother a kidney if we are a blood match? He is currently at 13% function.Thanks!

Your brother must first be accepted to the transplant list prior to you being evaluated as a donor.  If you have leukemia and hemochromatosis, it is unlikely you will be accepted as a donor.  The hemochromatosis predisposes you to diabetes … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Donation, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Living Donation, organ donation, Risk factors, Transplantation

Hello Doctor, You hopefully can answer this. I’m thinking of donating a kidney to my boyfriend. If I have had a spleen removed would I be able to? Also, I’m not eligible to give blood because of this, would that eliminate me from being a donor?

I can think of no reason why having a splenectomy should exclude you as a kidney donor.  Your boyfriend must first get on the transplant list, then  I recommend that you could call your local transplant center and discuss this … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Living Donation, organ donation, Risk factors, Symptoms and Side Effects, Transplantation

I am speaking to a woman from Tennessee who apparently has kidney disease because she was born four months early and therefore her kidney is smaller and malformed. Her father is too old, her mother is dead, her half brother may be incompatible, and she is now on the waiting list. Is there a way I can get screen to see if I can be compatible?

Yes. You can contact the transplant program where she is listed and ask to be evaluated for being a living donor.  Once she is on the list, your testing should be covered by her health insurance.  You can be tested … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, organ donation, Transplantation

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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Living Donation, organ donation, Transplantation

I am a 40 year old woman. I donated my left kidney to my mom in 2001. My labs for the last few years have shown creatinine of 1.02-1.04 and a GFR of 58-60. Should I be concerned? I’m not sure if I should make an appointment with a nephrologist to discuss kidney care after donation.

A serum creatinine of 1.02 – 1.04 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) and an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) between 58 and 60 milliliters per minute per 1.73 meters squared is normal for a single functioning kidney.  I suggest that you … Continue reading

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