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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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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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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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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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My brother is going through dialysis 3 times a week.Kidney disease stage v. Can he be treated without kidney transplant.He is 27 yrs. Plz help.

My brother is going through dialysis 3 times a week.Kidney disease stage v. Can he be treated without kidney transplant.He is 27 yrs. Plz help.

Yes: He can remain on dialysis for as long as he is alive. He will have a significantly shorter life expectancy compared to a nondialysis patient. Transplanted patients however, have a significantly longer life expectancy than dialysis patients. In addition, patients with kidney transplants rate their quality of life much higher than dialysis patients. ...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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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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My dad (62 years) has a stage IV chronic kidney disease.If there is a chance of kidney transplant can I (girl 19 years) donate kidney to him?

My dad (62 years) has a stage IV  chronic kidney disease.If there is a chance of kidney transplant can I (girl 19 years) donate kidney to him?

You can ask: Kidney donation depends both on your own basic health & the suitability of the tissue match. At 19 most states would give you the power of consent. You would undergo an evaluation to be sure you had two healthy kidneys. The rest is up to the team & sorting out all the family issues that give us all headaches. Good luck. ...Read more

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How effective is kidney transplantation for treating chronic kidney disease?

Here are some ...: Of no doubt, renal tansplantation has been the well-established choice for ESRD (end-stage renal disease) if personal (mental and physical) & social (availability) situations are fit. So, ask the availability and take registration to transplant program for evaluation and preparation. But no matter what you need and will proceed, practicing healthy lifestyle without overindulgence remains essential ...Read more

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I am a stage 4 chronic kidney disease patient and my GFR is 10 but I don't feel sick and I am very active. Is there any chance that I don't need dialysis or transplant in future?

I am a stage 4 chronic kidney disease patient and my GFR is 10 but I don't feel sick and I am very active. Is there any chance that I don't need dialysis or transplant in future?

Unlikely: Kidney tends to be rather progressive after a given level. It is based upon the increased demand for the remaining kidney to continue to process the needs of a given amount of skeletal muscle. At age sixty, even if a small famle with a lower muscle mass than a similar sized male the amount of work needed to process would most likely wear out the kidney completely by average life expectancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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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