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If I am a smoker am I eligible to be a kidney donation recipient?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. W. James Chon
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Each transplant program has a slightly different set of criteria.
Some will not transplant any smokers whereas others might consider smoking to be a contraindication for patients with diabetes. It is important for you to find out what the specific policy your transplant program has.

In brief: Depends

Each transplant program has a slightly different set of criteria.
Some will not transplant any smokers whereas others might consider smoking to be a contraindication for patients with diabetes. It is important for you to find out what the specific policy your transplant program has.
Dr. W. James Chon
Dr. W. James Chon
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Most centers advise potential recipients to stop smoking.
Some but not all programs, do not transplant smokers, you need to discuss this with you transplant team. While quitting smoking can be hard, there are structured programs available in most cities to help you with the problem.

In brief: Depends

Most centers advise potential recipients to stop smoking.
Some but not all programs, do not transplant smokers, you need to discuss this with you transplant team. While quitting smoking can be hard, there are structured programs available in most cities to help you with the problem.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
2 doctors agree

In brief: Tobacco lowers odds

Uncertain whether query is about candidacy for kidney donation or transplantation.
Both are approached through comprehensive assessment of person's health. Smokers are always considered at higher risk for heart and lung disease, and for surgical complications. Some, not all txp centers will exclude smokers for donation +/or transplantation. Of course, smoking cessation would be best outcome anyway.

In brief: Tobacco lowers odds

Uncertain whether query is about candidacy for kidney donation or transplantation.
Both are approached through comprehensive assessment of person's health. Smokers are always considered at higher risk for heart and lung disease, and for surgical complications. Some, not all txp centers will exclude smokers for donation +/or transplantation. Of course, smoking cessation would be best outcome anyway.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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In brief: Yes

Some transplant centers will not allow active smokers onto their waiting lists.
Smoking decreases the life expectancy of transplanted kidneys so it's best to quit before getting transplanted.

In brief: Yes

Some transplant centers will not allow active smokers onto their waiting lists.
Smoking decreases the life expectancy of transplanted kidneys so it's best to quit before getting transplanted.
Dr. Barry Browne
Dr. Barry Browne
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