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What is a kidney transplant like and why is it necessary?

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In brief: For kidney failure

A kidney transplant is needed if an individual no longer has sufficient kidney function to produce urine and remove waste products.
There is a long list of kidney diseases that can result in kidney failure. Some occur in children who are born with damaged kidneys and others develop kidney failure later in life. After a kidney transplant, normal kidney function is restored.

In brief: For kidney failure

A kidney transplant is needed if an individual no longer has sufficient kidney function to produce urine and remove waste products.
There is a long list of kidney diseases that can result in kidney failure. Some occur in children who are born with damaged kidneys and others develop kidney failure later in life. After a kidney transplant, normal kidney function is restored.
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