Category Archives: organ donation

What would cause a person who is in need of a liver and kidney transplant to not qualify for a living donor organ if they are a match to a sibling? I am a student nurse and am just curious about this. I am trying to understand CKD and transplants in more detail.

It would be unheard of for a sibling to donate both a kidney and part of a liver. This would be a very challenging surgery and likely associated with a significant increase in risk to the donor. Liver/kidney transplants have … Continue reading

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My husband is 46 and has Polycystic Kidney Disease. He is now in the 5th stage of CKD and he should be prepared to replace kidney function. I am 45 and I have no other health problems except Hashimoto’s thyroiditis with >1000 antibodies (anti-tro). He has blood type O+ and I have A+. Am I a good candidate for being a kidney donor for him?

Your blood types are incompatible. Your husband’s Blood Type O means that he has antibodies against Blood Type A in his blood. Hence, in order to donate a kidney to him, very special and high risk treatments would have to … Continue reading

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My brother is currently being evaluated for a kidney transplant. He has lupus and has been on dialysis for almost 6 years. I am 63 years old and in very good health, and because he and I are very similar physically I am hoping I may be a good match for him. However, I am a retired correction officer, and in 1999 my regular TB test reacted positively. My liver wasn’t able to tolerate the medication for the full course; I believe I was able to complete about 5 weeks of a 3 month treatment before I was told to stop taking it. I know that I don’t have the actual disease, but I was told to stop donating blood because of this, and I am wondering if this automatically precludes my ability to donate organs. Thank you.

The condition that you describe is called “latent tuberculosis” and means that the tuberculosis can reactivate at a later date. I am not aware that this finding would make you ineligible as a kidney donor. I am sure they will … Continue reading

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My husband has polycystic kidneys. The left one has cancer also. QUESTION Can he have both of the kidneys removed & a family member (if compatible, give him a kidney). We are aware of the criteria for cancerous kidneys concerning transplant. We are talking about not using the donor list.

If the remaining kidney is still working sufficiently, even though it is polycystic, there should be no reason to perform a kidney transplant at this time. Removing a functioning kidney would not be medically indicated. In the case of kidney … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Cancer, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medication and Kidney Function, organ donation, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Transplantation

My brother has been put on the kidney transplant list at Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles. He and I are 2 years apart and share both mother and father and there is no denying we are siblings. I would very much like to give him a kidney. He is all I have left. Please tell me what I can do to better my health and be tested as soon as possible. I’m pretty healthy, just a little out of shape. Also he is 49 and I am 47. Please help me.

Since your brother is already on the transplant list, all you need to do is contact the transplant center and ask to be tested. Once your brother is on the list, then his insurance coverage should pay for your evaluation … Continue reading

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I’m 56 and would love to be a living kidney donor. I’ve been doing a good deal of reading on this topic from reputable resources. I am seeking clarification about being accepted as a live donor because I have a history of the following medical issues, some of which have been cured or eliminated: History of anemia due to gastric bypass malabsorption problem. Several years ago, when diagnosed, I received treatment via IV transfusion and am monitored regularly and have not needed any further treatment. About 3 years ago I had a stent placed in my left groin (no filter) because I have DVT. I was prescribed Xarelto 20mg daily and not had any issues since. About 2 years ago I was diagnosed with COPD and given a PRN inhaler that I only actually used for about a week. My oxygen levels have been fine ever since. I used to smoke then stopped for many years. I smoked again for about a year and have not smoked at all since. With help from the gastric bypass I’ve lost approximately 100 lbs and have a BMI of 30.1. Frankly, I’m sure it wouldn’t be that high if I had my extra skin removed. Prior to the bypass I had the following issues that are now cured or I no longer need any treatment/medication for: Type 2 diabetes, High cholesterol, Low iron count. On the bright side, I’ve never had ANY kidney problems and no infection or stones. My physician has declared me to be in general good health. Sooo, is there any possibility of being cleared to donate a kidney?

I am not able to offer an opinion about being a kidney donor without performing a complete history and physical examination. Each transplant center determines which criteria will be used to accept a kidney donor. There are no nationwide universally … Continue reading

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I have 3 full functional kidneys, one is stacked on the other. Each have a tube to the bladder, why can I not donate a smaller one to someone in need. O NEGATIVE blood?

In the case of extra kidneys (known as supernumerary kidneys), the extra kidney is often very small. A small kidney will have very small blood vessels which may make it difficult if not impossible to technically perform a kidney donation. … Continue reading

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I have a question about being a kidney donor. Our potential donor who is 42 yrs old and healthy however he has been told he has IBS. Will this stop him from being a donor?

I am not aware of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) being a contraindication to kidney donation.  However, each transplant center determines what criteria they will use for someone to be an acceptable kidney donor. There are no uniformly accepted guidelines that … Continue reading

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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

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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