Category Archives: Transplantation

Hi I have wanted to donate a kidney for years. I was diagnosed with stage 1B squamous cell lung cancer in 2012. The left upper lobe was removed and I had one dose of chemo which almost killed me. It will be 5 years on Aug 20 2017. Can I donate a kidney or is it to risky? My age is 58 yr old female otherwise in decent health.

It is unlikely that you could be a kidney donor with a history of lung cancer.  It is your right to offer to donate, and each and every transplant center determines who can and cannot be a kidney donor.  There … Continue reading

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

Hello Dr. Kindly, I have a question about “men’s multivitamins”, especially (One A Day Men’s Health Formula).? I have a kidney transplant in 2010, a good creatinine rate at 1.3 and stable. Is it safe to use One A Day® Men’s Health Formula?

A multiple vitamin sold over-the-counter is safe for a kidney transplant patient to take.  This particular vitamin is common and should be safe for you.  

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

My brother lives in Dubai and will need a kidney transplant. What do I do and where can I go to find out if I am a match? Thanks.

You will need to contact the transplant center where your brother is registered.  Your brother must first be evaluated and then placed on a transplant list.  Once he is on a list, then you can go to be screened to … Continue reading

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

I’m 20 and had my kidney transplant back in 2008. I deal with chronic pain/anxiety and depression. I heard about hemp cbd oil Charlotte’s Web and was wondering what the effects could possibly be if any? I read that it has no affect on the liver kidney or stomach but want to be 100% sure. I’ve had surgery for my chronic pain, tried physical therapy and nothing has worked. I heard so many great things about hemp cbd oil and really want to try it.

I have no personal experience with CBD hemp oil.  CBD oil can also be made from marijuana.  I have no information on what this would do to your transplant medication.  The biggest risk is that this medication could change the … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Transplantation, Treatments

I had a kidney transplant 16 1/2 years ago. And I went to see the nephrologist today and my blood work shows gfr at 27. He says chronic kidney disease stage 4, but doesn’t seem to concerned. My deal is I’m tired all the time. Have no energy. When I sit down I fall asleep. My wife says I am sleeping about 16 hours out of 24. I have high blood pressure and the dr has added another medicine for that as well. Swelling of the ankles and legs. Bad diabetic. I am 62 yrs old. Do you have any suggestions?

Your diabetes is likely contributing to your symptoms.  Poorly controlled diabetes leads to nerve disease, muscle disease, heart disease and loss of vision.  The diabetes can also be damaging your transplanted kidney.  Having a transplanted kidney for 16 1/2 years … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Diabetes, GFR, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Transplantation

My mother is a renal transplanted patient since 9 years. Her creatinine level is very good, 1.2 to max 1.9. She has controlled hypertension and diabetes. Everything was perfect. Since almost 2 months she developed a fever with vomiting and severe nausea ending in creatinine 5. She was hospitalized and given antibiotics and saline … then the case returned to normal and was stable… she was dismissed… after 2 days , she suffered from recurrence of previous symptoms in a more severe form and she was hospitalized one more time. She was treated with saline, antibiotics ( IV ) and after 10 days the case was stable again .. She was dismissed to continue her IV and oral antibiotics at home. She finished her antibiotics courses after a week at home and everything was great. Now after 2 weeks from her recovery, she developed a high fever again. The doctors said it is a urinary tract infection. Please advise us what to do. Whether there are some special investigations to be done? and how can it be treated in a way that prevents recurrence? and is that a sign of chronic organ rejection?

I am unable to make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  I cannot recommend medical treatment without performing a complete history and physical examination.  Your mother has a kidney transplant and takes medication to suppress her … Continue reading

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My son in law is 30 yrs old. He has no kidneys due to Wegener’s Granulomatosis. He has had 3 failed transplants due to Humeral Rejection. Can you tell me if there has been any study’s on this or any progression on this disease? Do you know anyone I can contact? I’m willing to do what ever I need to to research and try to help him.

There are two forms of rejection that can occur with kidney transplantation.  The most common is cellular rejection, whereby the immune system attacks the kidney with T-cells and macrophages that can destroy the kidney.  This form of rejection is relatively … Continue reading

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

I’m a 49 yr old male. My height 5′ 6″, weight 97kg . I’m a diabetic. Blood pressure and kidney patient. My creatinine is increasing day by day and has reached to 4.3. Suggest me how to reduce my creatinine.

As your kidney disease progresses, the only way to lower the serum creatinine is with dialysis or transplantation.  I suggest that you discuss your options with your nephrologist.  You should be planning what to do in case your kidneys continue … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Transplantation, Treatments

I had amputation on right leg (below knee). Having pain (cramps) mostly on right. also have P A D.. pain goes away soon i get off machine. note: pain exists when filtering is off.

I am unable to provide a specific diagnosis based on the information that you provide.  Phantom pain into lost legs is very common after amputation of the leg.  This is very difficult to treat.  I suggest that you consult with … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Dialysis, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Symptoms and Side Effects, Transplantation, Treatments

What does clear cut rejection mean? I’m a 28 year transplant patient and my Doctor told me I’m in clear cut rejection and putting on a prednisone taper. What will this prednisone taper do?

The term “clear cut rejection” is not a medical term and does not have any medical meaning to me. If you have rejection of your kidney, this must be treated and giving a steroid (such as prednisone) is commonly used … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Transplantation, Treatments