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can certain medications cause the kidney to become atrophic?

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Dr. Steven Chmielewski
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
Yes.: Many drugs can result in renal failure which will eventually lead to atrophy of the kidneys. It's rare today though since we are well aware of these drugs and your doctor should monitor renal function if you're taking them.

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Could I be excluded from receiving a new kidney?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Yes: If you cannot tolerate a surgery like bad heart condition or cannot tolerate immunosuppression like bad infection condition or cannot be reliable taking your medications like people who have drug or alcohol problems or simply can't afford it since they are likely to reject without reliable meds intakes. Also, if your blood carries lots of antibodies against potential transplant organs.
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How do I get placed on the waiting list for a new kidney?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
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Referral: Once your kidney clearance(known as gfr) is below 20 percent, then you can be referred to a transplant unit for evaulation for a new kidney by your nephrologist.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long does it usually take to get a new kidney?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
See below: If you do not have a donor, you are waiting to receive a kidney from a deceased donor. Factor like your blood group type and the level of antibodies in your blood among other factors determine your position on a waiting list for receiving kidney transplant . This time is an 'median' of 3 years or longer.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How will I be notified if a kidney is available?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 39 years experience
Your contact info: There is no magic. The transplant center can only use the information that you provide for contact. You must be certain to update them with new changes in your phone #, alternate phone #'s, other contact people, your dialysis center phone #, etc. Remember that the team only has one hour in which to accept or reject the kidney that is offered for you. If they can't reach you - no transplant.
A 23-year-old member asked:

Is there an age barrier to receiving a new kidney?

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Dr. Gregory Hale
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Age greater than 70: Generally persons over the age of 70 years are disqualified from receiving a kidney transplant.

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