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Doctor insights on: Life Expectancy Of A Kidney Transplant Patient

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What is the life expectancy of somebody with a kidney transplant?

What is the life expectancy of somebody with a kidney transplant?

10-15 yrs: 10-15 yrs time frame is the average, which means some more and some less. Younger kidney, healthier recipient, better genetic matching such as identical twins etc.. And good after-transplant care will make a big difference. So, keep healthy, follow docs' advices. Thank the donor for your second chance at life! be good and good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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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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What is the life expectancy of someone who has had a kidney transplant?

Other med. problems?: The longevity of a kidney transplant is usually about 10-15 years depending on the source and quality of the donor organ (living donor kidneys tend to last longer). Patient life expectancy generally depends on other medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes, vascular disease or development of cancers. In fact, most recipients will die with a functioning kidney, not because of kidney failure. ...Read more

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How to prolong life expectancy in diabetic kidney transplant amputee?

Life for an amputee: The patient needs to be evaluated for arterial disease of his heart and brain. Peripheral artery disease (pad) is found system wide, not only in the legs. He should be scheduled for a stress echocardiogram to see if he has ischemic disease of his coronary arteries, if positive, angiography of his coronary vessels needs to be done. He also needs a carotid artery scan to see if he has disease there. ...Read more

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I am a kidney transplant patient. My creatine has always been between 1.4 - 1.8 is this a normal level?

Not normal: While it isn't a "normal" serum creatinine (or perfect kidney function) that is to be expected. It is very rare that a transplant recipient with a single kidney obtains the same level of function as a healthy person with two normal kidneys. That being said, if you've had your transplant for 5 or more years and no change in function... Then you are doing great. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a kidney transplant patient to donate blood?

Is it safe for a kidney transplant patient to donate blood?

No.: The reason is primarily that recipients take immunosuppressive drugs that are in the blood, and would be transferred with the donated blood which is not safe. In addition, many kidney recipients have some anemia that would preclude donation. ...Read more

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Is it suggested to wear a face mask to avoid infections as a kidney transplant patient?

Is it suggested to wear a face mask to avoid infections as a kidney transplant patient?

Hmm: Some people advocate this. I do not routinely suggest this to my patients. I instruct them to "be smart" and not go places where people are ill. Wash their hands after contact. Wearing a mask won't hurt anything but it may not add a whole lot either. ...Read more

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Can a kidney transplant patient have sex with someone with herpes?

Use a condom: If you do not have the herpes virus already i would be very cautious. I would definately abstain during acute outbreaks and wear a condom at other times. Remember any hing that can make a person sick will make a transplant patient more sick. ...Read more

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What do doctors consider when looking at the amount of immune suppression drugs used for a kidney transplant patient?

What do doctors consider when looking at the amount of immune suppression drugs used for a kidney transplant patient?

Many Considerations: There are many issues that can affect the amount of immunosuppression given to a recipient. The relationship between the donor and the recipient, the specific donor kidney source, the age of the recipient, the liver and bone marrow function, prior use of immunosuppressive drugs, prior cancer or infections, are just some of the medical variables that play a role. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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