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Who Cannot Donate A Kidney
Certain restrictions: If you mean living donors. Those with abnormal kidneys, or conditions that would put them at future risk for kidney disease. Those with other problems that make elective surgery unsafe, or can transmit a disease to the recipient. Those who can not demonstrate that their decision to donate is made with informed consent and free of undue coercion from others. Those that are being paid to donate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Tissue typing: The degree to which the body will mount a challenge to a transplanted organ depends on how closely the tissue immune markers match up. Just because you are a parent, does not mean the blend of genes that occurred with conception will produce a kid that is compatible with either parent. It can happen, but is not always the case.The best match possible gives the best chance of success. ...Read more
Detailed work up: Put very simply the donor needs two normal kidneys with good function and no systemic disease or condition which can affect kidney function in future such as diabetes and high blood pressure. However donors have a full medical examination to make sure they have no other reason, including psych- social which can preclude donation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
16 year old donor: Speak with a transplant center in your city. Different states have different laws regarding organ donation. If you can donate a kidney at 16, where you are, people at the center can tell you so. If you can do so with parental permission, they will tell you that as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes if good "match": Some very philanthropic people have offered their kidneys to unknown recipients. A chairman of nephrology donated a kidney to a 3rd party, who had a donor who gave their kidney to a 4th party who in turn had a donor who gave a kidney which was used for the nephrologist's wife. Reason being that nephrologist & wife weren't good matches, but all matches within chain were excellent & all did well. ...Read more
Depends....: If donation happens to relatives or known personal....you may be on the same floor in different rooms......if altruistic....you may not be allowed to know your recipient and may not be on the same floor/icu ...Read more
18 yrs: Adulthood, typically defined as age 18, is the usual parameter used to define eligibility for living kidney donation. I can imagine other situations--e.g. An underage mother or father donating to their child-- but most programs use age 18. ...Read more
See below: It is generally very safe , and you can survive on one kidney. You need to be evaluated for donating a kidney and make sure you have no health problems and you yourself have normal kidney function. ...Read more
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