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Is kidney transplantation a viable option for people with kidney cancer?

Is kidney transplantation a viable option for people with kidney cancer?

Yes: Small cancers found incidentally have little impact on the ability to get a kidney transplant. Larger tumors or those that have spread away from the kidney will require the patient to wait a period of time (usually 3-5 years) to make sure that the cancer is "cured" before they are allowed to receive a kidney transplant. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Who is at risk for a kidney failure and transplant?

Who is at risk for a kidney failure and transplant?

History is important: Kidney disease in family or chronic disease like diabetes and hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and obesity for the person in question are risk factors. Things to do to decrease your risk is to control chronic disease, avoid smoking and avoid obesity. ...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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Is it common for a two year kidney transplant patient to experience a skin disorder. Diabetic 1878-present kidney transplant 11-09

Is it common for a two year kidney transplant patient to experience a skin disorder. Diabetic 1878-present
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The : The answer is yes. Transplant patients are subject to many dermatologic conditions. Because you are an organ transplant recipient and most likely on immune suppressing medications, your body is not able to protect you from certain diseases as it once was. This includes, but certainly is not limited to conditions such as shingles and skin cancers. As a transplant patient, you should plan to see your dermatologist on a regular basis now and in the future. It is important that you have your skin checked for skin cancers often, as kidney transplant patients are especially more prone to the development of certain types of skin cancer. ...Read more

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Is it common for a two year kidney transplant patient to experience a skin disorder. Diabetic 1878-present kidney transplant 11-09

Is it common for a two year kidney transplant patient to experience a skin disorder. Diabetic 1878-present
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Dermatology is key: All transplant patients should have regular skin examinations by a knowledgeable provider because of the risk of skin cancer that is caused by the use of immunosuppression. In addition, skin infections and other unusual problems may occur. Skin also becomes fragile over the years because of diabetes, aging and immunosuppression. Probably makes sense to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is there an age limit for a kidney transplantation?

Is there an age limit for a kidney transplantation?

No absolute number: No absolute number. Infants have been successfully transplanted as well as a few recipients in their 80s. It would be uncommon to receive a kidney transplant over age 75. The degree of co-morbidity (other diseases) are often the limiting factor, in particular heart and vascular disease. ...Read more

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What is the recommended diet for a person with solitary kidney (one kidney)?

What is the recommended diet for a person with solitary kidney (one kidney)?

See below: People with solitary kidney have normal kidney function. If the kidney function is normal, a usual healthy balanced diet will be fine. ...Read more

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Can a live kidney donor who has mersa still be a donor for a kidney transplant?

Can a live kidney donor who has mersa still be a donor for a kidney transplant?

Sure, once treated: Some people carry the MRSA bugs on their skin/nasal cavities w/o causing problem, so it is not necessarily a problem for donating a kidney if ithe person does not have a problem with active infection. The surgical process is sterile and so it should not be an issue. If the donor is having active infection, it should be treated. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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If a person is in end stage renal disease and needs a kidney, would liver damage exclude them from getting a transplant?

Depends on severity: The liver can tolerate a significant degree of damage before it becomes apparent that there is a problem. The extent of damage is assessed in multiple ways ranging from understanding symptoms linked to liver disease (if there are any), blood tests, imaging tests, and very often a biopsy to look at the liver cells. Severe damage will likely require a liver txp too. Mild to moderate damage may not. ...Read more

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At what stage liver transplant is not a possibility for a liver cancer patient?

At what stage liver transplant is not a possibility for a liver cancer patient?

Stage 3 or higher: The generally accepted criteria for transplanting a liver for cancer is using the Milan criteria, i.e. Stage 1 or 2. This is for the most common type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma or HCC. In some situations, stage 3 HCC can be transplanted if other characteristics are favorable. The risk of transplanting a Stage 3 or 4 HCC is recurrence of HCC after liver transplant ...Read more

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How risky is a kidney transplant for the doner and receiver?

How risky is a kidney transplant for the doner and receiver?

Depends: Living donor mortality is less than 1% as for the recipient, depends on their pre existing medical condition, especially cardiac and other disease states, such as diabetes. ...Read more

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What's an alternative remedy for a patient with kidney failure aside from dialysis and kidney transplant?

What's an alternative remedy for a patient with kidney failure aside from dialysis and kidney transplant?

Not remedy - death: Some patients with kidney failure who are not actively depressed, have tried dialysis and are not reasonable transplant candidates choose to withdraw from care and knowingly accept that they will die. This is allowed in the us but certainly not encouraged. A pulitzer prize winning author, james michener, decided after the age of 90 that he had written his last book and did withdraw from dialysis. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for a person with stage 4 renal falure and 1 kidney with no dialysis?

What is the life expectancy for a person with stage 4 renal falure and 1 kidney with no dialysis?

Variable: The answer to this question really depends on how well the illness is managed and the rate of decline of the kidney function. Some patients may decline to end stage kidney failure in a year while some may take several years. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the criteria used for matching a kidney donor with a recipient?

Please help! what is the criteria used for matching a kidney donor with a recipient?

Several: Several criteria such as age, kidney function, HIV status etc are used to determine the best match possible in addition to blood group compatibility, hla matching. ...Read more

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What is the risk associated with a kidney transplant for the doner and reciever?

Slight for donor: As 4 any moderately severe operation. Life preserving or saving procedure 4 recipient. Life expectancy 4 kidney donor recipient is multiples better than to be dialysed 4 life. Live donor transplants do much better than cadaveric kidneys. Closer the tissue "match", tested before any live donor transpalnt, better the prognosis & lower the risk of rejection by recipient. Recipient risks rejection. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a procurement team to miss a cancerous kidney for transplantation?

Yes: It is possible but very rare. If there is a tiny tumor that didn't show up on any pre-procurement scans or couldn't be felt by the team it is possible to miss it. Any weird bump on the kidney, that is found, either prompts a biopsy or ends with the organ not being used. ...Read more

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Is fluid balance a cardiovascular problem for a patient with end stage renal disease?

Is fluid balance a cardiovascular problem for a patient with end stage renal disease?

Cardiorenal: Think of a pump (or the heart) building pressure against a filter that is very slow and inefficient, the kidneys in our case. For a while, the pump, which is elastic, will adjust by stretching trying to accommodate the extra load, fluid unfiltered by the kidneys. Once that capacity is reached the heart goes in failure, too. The extra fluid is managed with diuretics and eventually dialysis. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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


Dr. Creighton Wright
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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