Category Archives: 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

My husband was going to be my live donor by using the swap kidney program, transpant surgery had already been scheduled, but got word from his family doctor that his psa level showed up abnormal so they sent him to do a biopsy on his prostate. and discovered he did have traces of very early stages of cancer, they cancelled the transplant, was told to wait and let him recover from surgery and took me off live donor list. My husband asked his doctor if he could still do the kidney transplant, he stated he did not see why not, the whole prostate had been removed and his gleason level was 3.4, Would it be possible for him to still do the transplant surgery.

There are no national standards for accepting someone as a living kidney donor.  Each individual transplant center determines the criteria they will use to accept a living kidney donor.  The goal is to do no harm and avoid injury or … Continue reading

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

I have had a kidney transplant 3 years ago and would like to know if I could take s-adenosylmethionine as it is found to be good as NSAID’s for osteoarthritis which I am suffering and I can’t take any NSAID’s. Please could you advise me if it would be safe to try

I have no information about the use of s-adenosylmethionine in patients with a kidney transplant.

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

How long does it take if a person is in need, just find out the kidney is failing, and needs a transplant from a family member?

If you have kidney failure, then you must first be evaluated by a kidney transplant center to determine if you are eligible for listing on the kidney transplant list.  Once you are on the list, then family members can be … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Transplantation

My father is on dialysis since 8 years. He has HCV virus and as per doctors, the virus needs to be treated before transplant. His age is 52 years. So, is it good to go for transplant as he has been on dialysis since long time? Also, curing HCV is not easy, many patients trying to cure are facing health issues. What is your recommendation? He is not diabetic but has High Blood Pressure.

Current treatment of Hepatitis C virus is much more effective and easier that it used to be.  I would recommend that you follow the advice of his doctors.  With current treatments, his prognosis is much better with a kidney transplant … Continue reading

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

Hello, I have a concern for my best friend/sister. She is a 45 year old mother with kidney disease that has been monitored for several years. They have allowed her kidney function to go down to 8%. I am afraid that they are going to continue to drag their feet and let her die. She has potential donors, one is possible match but they have done nothing to complete his testing and prepare for her transplant. I know she is so afraid and doesn’t know what to do, me neither. We need a blessing, can you help point us in the right direction?

I cannot make a specific diagnosis based on the information that you present.  Her kidney function is very low and she may benefit from dialysis.  In order to get a kidney transplant, she must first be evaluated by a transplant … Continue reading

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

So my doctor told me to start dialysis but I pee 3 times a day or even more. How is that possible? I really don’t want to do dialysis. I would rather die then live with a machine pumping my blood 3 times a week or even do transplant because it won’t last forever.

You should have further discussions with your nephrologist.  If you feel you cannot be helped with dialysis, then perhaps consider talking with a physician or a professional about palliative care.  In some cases, people do decide to live as long … Continue reading

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

Do all transplant centers use the same criteria to qualify living donors, when it comes to the anatomy of the donor’s kidneys? I am hoping to donate, but was declined by the transplant center I’ve been working with because a CT abdominal scan showed one of my kidneys has several right renal hypoattenuating foci, well circumscribed and likely cysts. The left kidney is fine, but it has 2 renal arteries. All other tests have been clear. Might there be a different transplant center with a good reputation that would consider my case?

No.  Transplant centers have always used local decisions to accept or reject potential donors.  There are no universal nationwide guidelines that are used to determine who will and who will not be accepted as a kidney donor. You can offer … Continue reading

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

I was informed today that the Transplant Team has denied me being able to donate a kidney to my brother. The reason they gave was that I had an elevated fasting blood sugar of 114 along with my family history of diabetes. I am the only one in my family who doesn’t have diabetes. My question is, why can’t I have the choice to donate a kidney? What happens if my brother never gets a kidney due to how long the list of recipients is? Shouldn’t it be my choice? Couldn’t stress be a big factor that causes my sugars to be elevated all of a sudden? Can I at least ask to be retested?

Each transplant center determines who will and who will not be a kidney donor. There are no nationwide accepted guidelines for transplant centers to follow.  It is generally felt that if someone has a risk of developing diabetes, there are … Continue reading

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

Why isn’t there a cure for CKD?

There are many different types of kidney diseases that result in chronic kidney disease (CKD).  There is ongoing research for treatment of CKD for many different diseases.  We have some treatments but very few cures.  Once kidney failure is present, … Continue reading

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