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What age is too old for transplant?
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2 doctors agree
In brief: No fixed age
It is hard to fix on a number because there are broad differences between two individuals.
It is better to categorize the physiological age rather than the chronological age of a patient. The question to really ask is "does the risk of transplanting a solid organ outweigh the benefit of receiving that organ?" the answer can be subjective and viewed differently among professionals.

In brief: No fixed age
It is hard to fix on a number because there are broad differences between two individuals.
It is better to categorize the physiological age rather than the chronological age of a patient. The question to really ask is "does the risk of transplanting a solid organ outweigh the benefit of receiving that organ?" the answer can be subjective and viewed differently among professionals.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Donald Steinmuller
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Rare after 75
Based on US Renal Data System registry (www.
usrds.org) only 0.4% of 53,000 patients starting dialysis received a kidney transplant. For age 65-74 3.8% of 50,000 starting dialysis received a transplant. Most of the latter group were under 70. Age related medical problems especially cardiovascular disease, cancer, or infections are the contraindications for transplant rather than age itself.

In brief: Rare after 75
Based on US Renal Data System registry (www.
usrds.org) only 0.4% of 53,000 patients starting dialysis received a kidney transplant. For age 65-74 3.8% of 50,000 starting dialysis received a transplant. Most of the latter group were under 70. Age related medical problems especially cardiovascular disease, cancer, or infections are the contraindications for transplant rather than age itself.
Dr. Donald Steinmuller
Dr. Donald Steinmuller
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Dr. Andrew N. De la Torre
Surgery - Transplant
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually 70-75
At least for a liver transplant, usually 70-75.
More importantly is the absence of other medical conditions. So, if a patient has liver failure without diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, or kidney disease, programs are more likely to consider them for a transplant. I believe this also generally true for other organs as well.

In brief: Usually 70-75
At least for a liver transplant, usually 70-75.
More importantly is the absence of other medical conditions. So, if a patient has liver failure without diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, or kidney disease, programs are more likely to consider them for a transplant. I believe this also generally true for other organs as well.
Dr. Andrew N. De la Torre
Dr. Andrew N. De la Torre
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