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How long does a transplanted kidney typically last?

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In brief: Over 90% at 1 year

Over 90% of kidneys are working at 1 yr. But only half from deceased donors are working at 8-9 years and about half from living donors are working at 11-12 years.
There are some sub groups in each category that can be predicted to work a few years more or less than the averages quoted. There are also some important characteristics in the recipients that strongly influence the outcome.

In brief: Over 90% at 1 year

Over 90% of kidneys are working at 1 yr. But only half from deceased donors are working at 8-9 years and about half from living donors are working at 11-12 years.
There are some sub groups in each category that can be predicted to work a few years more or less than the averages quoted. There are also some important characteristics in the recipients that strongly influence the outcome.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Rakesh Lattupalli
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
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In brief: Depends on type

Depends on live or deceased donation.
Live and genetically similar kidneys last longer-average of 10 years or more.

In brief: Depends on type

Depends on live or deceased donation.
Live and genetically similar kidneys last longer-average of 10 years or more.
Dr. Rakesh Lattupalli
Dr. Rakesh Lattupalli
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Dr. W. James Chon
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: It depends

It depends on whether the kidney comes from a living door or a deceased (cadaveric) donor. The donor's age and gender also tend to affect the kidney function as well.
A living donor kidney tends to last 15-20+ years whereas a deceased donor kidney usually lasts 7-10 years assuming that the recipient does everything right after the surgery.

In brief: It depends

It depends on whether the kidney comes from a living door or a deceased (cadaveric) donor. The donor's age and gender also tend to affect the kidney function as well.
A living donor kidney tends to last 15-20+ years whereas a deceased donor kidney usually lasts 7-10 years assuming that the recipient does everything right after the surgery.
Dr. W. James Chon
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