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Can a person have multiple kidney transplants in their life?

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Dr. W. James Chon
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

There are many people who receive their second kidney transplants during their lifetime.
I am aware of a couple of patients who received a total of four renal transplants in their lifetimes.

In brief: Yes

There are many people who receive their second kidney transplants during their lifetime.
I am aware of a couple of patients who received a total of four renal transplants in their lifetimes.
Dr. W. James Chon
Dr. W. James Chon
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
2 doctors agree

In brief: Harder with each one

Although exceptions occur and the patient's underlying health also alters outcomes, the avg live donor kidney txp lasts 15-17 years, and the avg deceased donor kidney txp lasts 10-12 years.
It is common for a pt with good health habits to outlive the kidney txp and seek another. If the pt has made antibodies to a prior donor, matching is harder. As many as 5 txps in 1 pt have been done.

In brief: Harder with each one

Although exceptions occur and the patient's underlying health also alters outcomes, the avg live donor kidney txp lasts 15-17 years, and the avg deceased donor kidney txp lasts 10-12 years.
It is common for a pt with good health habits to outlive the kidney txp and seek another. If the pt has made antibodies to a prior donor, matching is harder. As many as 5 txps in 1 pt have been done.
Dr. Amy Friedman
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Dr. Patricia Roy
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

The usual reason for a second transplant is rejection of the initial one.
This is less and less common, as anti-rejection meds are more effective, but it can still occur.

In brief: Yes

The usual reason for a second transplant is rejection of the initial one.
This is less and less common, as anti-rejection meds are more effective, but it can still occur.
Dr. Patricia Roy
Dr. Patricia Roy
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care

In brief: Yes

The number of kidney transplants a person can have is virtually unthelimited-however the supply of kidneys available to be placed in a transplant recipient is extremely limited.
Once it is determined that family members are not able to donate then patients are put on a transplant waiting list. When you receive a kidney, then require another transplant you are placed at bottom of waiting list.

In brief: Yes

The number of kidney transplants a person can have is virtually unthelimited-however the supply of kidneys available to be placed in a transplant recipient is extremely limited.
Once it is determined that family members are not able to donate then patients are put on a transplant waiting list. When you receive a kidney, then require another transplant you are placed at bottom of waiting list.
Dr. Latisha Smith
Dr. Latisha Smith
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