Is there any reason I wouldn’t qualify for a KT?
Contraindications: Any of these are an ABSOLUTE NO
- Active infection (HIV is ok if controlled)
- Active cancer
- Chronic illness that could lead to death soon
- Active drug/alcohol use
- Severe heart disease/failure
- Severe psychiatric disease
- Noncompliance with medication
- Severe Obesity: BMI above 40. Calculate your BMI here
Case-by-case basis. ‘Maybe I’ll get one?’
- Substance abuse history: Need 12 months documented rehab
- Chronic hepatitis B or C: See your specialist first
- Cancers survivors in remission
- Heart disease
- Vascular disease
- Recurrent UTI
Is my new kidney going to be healthy?
Sometimes there are post-op problems as your body adjusts to its new resident. They are well documented as follows:
IgA Nephropathy 7-30%
Diabetic Nephropathy 100%, Graft loss < 5%
Membranous Nephropathy 10%
Lupus < 10%
Primary Oxalosis: 100%. There is a high rate of losing the transplant from oxalate deposition. A staged or combined liver-kidney transplant preferred for Type I
My KT center suggested an ECD kidney. What’s that?
An Extended Criteria Donor is a deceased person who is either over 60 years old, or over 50 years with at least two of the following conditions: history of hypertension, serum creatinine greater than 1.5 mg/dl, or if their cause of death was from a stroke. Although not 100% ideal, an ECD transplant is still a much better option than dialysis.