Category Archives: organ donation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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