Category Archives: Transplantation

Hi! I wanted to know how long the best patients with a kidney transplant have lived. The question is also if those involved in kidney transplant research would like to study my dad’s case. My dad was transplanted some 36 years ago, and we were just discussing that’s been a pretty long time and a pretty good time. He has had health issues, but the kidney has always behaved. The funny story is that when he switched to a new doctor, the new nephrologist didn’t believe that he was trasplanted because the blood test results were great. It was when he explored him, touched his tummy and felt the kidney, that he said “wow! You are indeed transplanted!” We are now taking care of a likely effect of the medicine he has taken for life to keep the kidney safe, and that is what has brought us to look back to our life and how good it’s been to be together this long. If you’d like to contact us, please feel free. We would be happy to share the story as well as any information that would be of benefit to future patients. I personally cannot thank enough his surgeon, the donor and those that made this possible. My dad has been my greatest friend ever, my guidance, my family and a joy.

Congratulations to your father and to you.  This is a testament to his overall health, his adherence to his medical treatment and the miracle of transplantation.  The first successful kidney transplant was done in 1954, so kidney transplantation has only … Continue reading

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

I am a (20 year old) combined kidney pancreas transplant with 5.9 potassium level. Should I be worried?

A normal blood potassium level is between 3.5 and 5.5 milliequivalents per liter (mEq/L).  Hence, your level is high.  I suggest you review this with your physician.  

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

I am in desperate need of some answers or guidance. My sister suffers from kidney disease and has had to have both removed. I have seen her deteriorate so quickly, she has dialysis 4 times per week. I am not able to donate due to medical condition nor is my daughter. Two of my brothers passed away quickly and my other brother is vulnerable to kidney stones. I do not want to lose another sibling and I am desperately seeking any advice at all. I know she is on a waiting list, but does not seem to be moving at all. I believe she has been on dialysis for at least 7-8 years, I am aware of the odds. Please can you advise me in what I can do?

If your sister has no living donors, then she must wait on the transplant list for a cadaver donor to be available.  There is no way to hasten the process.  Kidneys are assigned to patients on the list by time … Continue reading

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

Normal range of creatinine after kidney transplant patient?

In most cases, the serum creatinine after a kidney transplant is between 1.0 and 1.9 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl).  This may change dependent on your body size, the size of the kidney donor and degree of hydration that is present. … Continue reading

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Hello sir. I am from India. I am kidney transplant patient 3.5 yrs completed. But my pressure is always high like 150/100. I am taking antihypertensive medicine from beginning after transplant. Creatinine is 1.5. Can I marry now? and can after marriage can take issue?

Kidney transplant patients may be married at any time and have children.  As your transplanted kidney appears to be stable for more than 3 years, it should be safe to consider having children.  It is necessary that you discuss marriage … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Hypertension/High Blood Pressure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Pregnancy / Kids, 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

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