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Doctor insights on: Who Is The Longest Living With Kidney Transplant

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Dr. Howard Schneider
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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 with a cardiac transplant patient in renal failure?

What is the life expectancy with a cardiac transplant patient in renal failure?

Cardiac transplant: Transplant survival rates have been improving over the past several years as better options exist in preventing rejection (better than 60% live 10 or more years). Diffuse post-transplant coronary arteriopathy tends to or relate more with late post-transplant events. Coexistant renal failure would also be a negative predictor on survival irrespective of transplant status (mortality 50% at 2 yrs). ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone who has had a kidney transplant?

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 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 is the life expectancy of somebody with a kidney transplant?

Better than without: People with a working kidney on average live much longer than those on dialysis. The younger the patient, the bigger the benefit. A 60 yr old patient with a transplant will live an average of 9 yrs vs. 3 yrs without. A 30 yr old patient will gain 20+ yrs compared to dialysis. A kidney transplant also vastly improves the person's quality of life. ...Read more

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How long can a heart and kidney transplant recipient be expected to live if the transplant is successful?

How long can a heart and kidney transplant recipient be expected to live if the transplant is successful?

No time limit: 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). Heart transplants alone previously had shorter life expectancies but with current immunosuppressive drugs and better medical management, it is not unusual to for heart transplant patients to live for much longer durations. ...Read more

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Can patient with fsgs and aiha undergo kidney transplant ? Whether the patient should go for live donor or cadaver transplant ? What r success rate?

Fsgs recurs but,: Fsgs is okay to transplant whether live donor or not! however, recurrence, is possible. Fsgs returns in about one third of the transplanted kidneys i.e. Every 3 persons with kidney failure due to fsgs who get transplant, one of them will see fsgs affecting his transplant. The disease may take years to appear however. So, possible recurrence is not a reason to not transplant persons with fsgs. ...Read more

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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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How successful is the kidney transplant if the donor has a different blood group? Does the graft have chancesof failing early?

How successful is the kidney transplant if the donor has a different blood group? Does the graft have chancesof failing early?

Great if compatible: Excellent outcomes occur for kidney donors with different blood groups than their recipients if the pair is compatible (don a-recip ab; don b - recip ab; don o-recip a, b orab). Incompatible paired kidney transplants are subject to antibody based rejection due to the difference in blood types. Prevention with plasmapheresis, use of Rituxan (rituximab) is good not perfect. Yes, early failure can still happen. ...Read more

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What is the average prognosis for a recipient of a live liver transplant?

What is the average prognosis for a recipient of a live liver transplant?

Wow, that depends...: ...on a lot of factors--age, co-morbidities, closeness of match between donor and recipient, rejection/graft-versus-host, underlying cause of liver failure, compliance with post-transplant protocols and follow-ups, indiscretion with intake of alcohol/tobacco/illicit drugs. You get the idea--- it's not a question that warrants a blanket response! ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone with a single lung transplant?

Depends: Depends on lung allocation score and the underlying cardiopulmonary condition of the remaining disease state of the lung and heart. Most transplants may have about 60-70% 5yr survival. Several complications expected depending on the underlying disease that resulted on making the patient a lung transplant candidate to begin with. Your lung transplant surgeon can tell you what are the statistics. ...Read more

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Who is best kidney donor for a father?Is it son or daughter?If both are in equal match, does gender matter in renal transplant?

No: The best match is the one that has the closest genetic fingerprint. If they are both matched equally, then the gender of the donor does not matter, though usually one will be a slightly better match. ...Read more

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How many years of life does the donor sacrifice in a partial liver transplant?

How many years of life does the donor sacrifice in a partial liver transplant?

None: There should be no change in the partial liver donor's life expectancy. The remaining liver will be sufficient to allow for a full normal life. ...Read more

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

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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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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After finding the matched kidney from living donor; doctor will take out the kidney of living donor before doing the operation to the receipt right??

After finding the matched kidney from living donor; doctor will take out the kidney of living donor before doing the operation to the receipt right??

Kidney paired exchan: You are referring to a kidney paired exchange program where a living donor matched for you is donating on behalf of another recipient who will receive a kidney from another donor more compatible to them. Yes, you are correct that the donor surgery always precedes the recipient surgery and the kidney is removed, prepared and implanted into your pelvic area. ...Read more

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What are the effects of CMV for a person with kidney transplant?

Affects many organs: Cytomegalovirus is very common, and over half the adult population has had the infection. However, transplant patients that take immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection are very susceptible to reactivation of latent (hibernating) virus, or getting a primary infection from the donor who may have been exposed. The virus can invade the bone marrow, liver, lungs, intestines, eyes, etc. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a person live with stage 5 kidney failure?

For what length of time can a person live with stage 5 kidney failure?

Many factors here!: Chronic kidney disease stage 5 - also called end stage renal failure - must be treated, or a person will die within a week or two. Treatments include kidney transplant and dialysis. There are two basic forms of dialysis (hemodialysis or kidney machine, & peritoneal dialysis). Longevity depends on one's overall condition. Read the book, "help - i need dialysis!" by agar & schatell. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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