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What is the risk associated with a kidney transplant for the doner and reciever?

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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: Slight for donor

As 4 any moderately severe operation.
Life preserving or saving procedure 4 recipient. Life expectancy 4 kidney donor recipient is multiples better than to be dialysed 4 life. Live donor transplants do much better than cadaveric kidneys. Closer the tissue "match", tested before any live donor transpalnt, better the prognosis & lower the risk of rejection by recipient. Recipient risks rejection.

In brief: Slight for donor

As 4 any moderately severe operation.
Life preserving or saving procedure 4 recipient. Life expectancy 4 kidney donor recipient is multiples better than to be dialysed 4 life. Live donor transplants do much better than cadaveric kidneys. Closer the tissue "match", tested before any live donor transpalnt, better the prognosis & lower the risk of rejection by recipient. Recipient risks rejection.
Dr. George Klauber
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Dr. George Klauber
Rejection of kidney is the major risk to recipient, this can rarely be very acute starting almost immediately after insertion & requires immediate removal, can also be acute occuring over days or weeks & may repond to anti-rejection meds. . Chances < with good tissue match. Chronic occuis over years & not corrected by meds. Side effects of immunosupression meds: weight gain, puffiness of face, cataracts, acne etc.Can also have common risks of major surgery: bleeding, infection, thrombosis & blood clots. Long-term: narrowing of blood vessels & ureters, slightly increased risk of cancers, high blood pressure, recurrence of an original kidney disease. Overall, benefits of kidney transplants greatly outweigh risks. Benefits to donor are knowledge that they have given the gift of life.
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