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Can I catch a serious disease like aids if I get a kidney transplant?

Can I catch a serious disease like aids if I get a kidney transplant?

Yes, but risk is low: All transplanted organs come from human beings and can transmit infectious disease or cancer. To prevent unintentional passage of a new disease with the organ, careful laboratory testing, behavioral screening of donors, and visual assessment of the organ (by the surgeon) are combined. If there is extra risk because of 1 or more factors, the team usually reviews the information pre-txp with you. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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I just found out I have polacystic kidney disease i'm 21 i'm just wondering do you get a kidney transplant when you reach end stage or before hand?

I just found out I have polacystic kidney disease i'm 21 i'm just wondering do you get a kidney transplant when you reach end stage or before hand?

Nephrology: Timing of renal transplant is a discussion your nephrologist can easily answer. Your renal function will be followed closely and at some point it may become necessary to begin dialysis. As this time approaches discussion about transplant is appropriate. Transplants are not done "prophylactally" and there is no certainty you might require dialysis. Follow up regularly with your physician. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about diseases where you would need a kidney transplant?

Can you tell me about diseases where you would need a kidney transplant?

With kidney failure: Many diseases progress to end-stage kidney disease/azotemia, needing kiney transplant.Can be caused by diabetes, hypertension,polycystic renal disease, end-stage glomerulonephritis, interstitial nephritis, pyelonephritis, Alport syndrome, severe bilateral hydronephrosis congenital or acquired from severe vesico-ureteral reflux or posterior urethral valves., traumatic loss of solitary kidney, Lupus ...Read more

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After a successful kidney transplant, could you still have kidney disease?

After a successful kidney transplant, could you still have kidney disease?

Depends: Technically, anyone with a kidney transplant is considered to have kidney disease (called ckd, stage t). However, how well or how long a transplanted kidney lasts depends on a lot of donor and the recipient's risk factors, medications used, age, etc. ...Read more

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Why would a patient with kidney disease resort to kidney transplant?

Why would a patient with kidney disease resort to kidney transplant?

Longer life: If a patient is in kidney failure they have few options. One is dialysis and the other is transplant. If you compare longterm outcomes of both options, on average people with transplants live longer. Also most patients state their quality of life is better after transplant than while on dialysis. Transplant does have it's own set of problems that patients must deal with however. ...Read more

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What are some diseases where you need a kidney transplant?

What are some diseases where you need a kidney transplant?

End stage kidney: Failure from polycystic kidney disease, bilateral reflux nephropathy, bilateral stone disease, end-stage pyelonephritis, end-stage glomerulonephritis, berger's disease, fabry's disease, bilateral kidney dysplasia, bilateral renal cell cancer or wilm's tumors in children. ...Read more

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What are some diseases that cause you to need a kidney transplant?

What are some diseases that cause you to need a kidney transplant?

Renal failure: Any disease that lead to kidney failure which means the glomerular filtration rate drops under 60 and high blood urea nitrogen and creatinine. Patient may start dialysis first and then be a candidate for transplant. In adults diabetics are the main patients with renal failure. Long term hypertension cause serious damage to the kidney too. There are acquired and inherited kidney disease too. ...Read more

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After a successful kidney transplant, will you still have kidney disease?

After a successful kidney transplant, will you still have kidney disease?

Yes and no: The term "disease" can be confusing. As we age, most of us slowly have reduction in kidney function and a transplant replaces 50% or more of our function. That kidney will also continue to age with us, and is vulnerable to the same medical risks as our original kidneys. Preserving that function as long as possible is the goal, and that means keeping blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol controlled. ...Read more

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What are the chances I will need a kidney transplant if both my parents have kidney disease and have needed transplants?

It Depends on Why: You are probably at higher risk but it depends on why your parents developed renal failure. You should investigate the circumstances surrounding their problems and then discuss your risk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. James Krick
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Kidney Transplant (Definition)

Kidneys anatomically require connection to an artery for blood supply, a vein for blood drainage and the bladder for urine outflow. In a transplant a healthy kidney is disconnected from its usual attachments and moved to a new location with those 3 requirements (artery, vein, bladder). This may be an auto-txp - somewhere else in your own body; or an allo-txp -from ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more