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How many years does a kidney transplant last?
11 doctors weighed in

5 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on source
It depends on the donor source and ages of the donor and recipient.
About 90% of all kidney recipients are alive with a functioning graft at 1 year. Approximately 55% of living kidney recipients and 40% of deceased donor kidney recipients are alive with a functioning graft at 10 years. Some kidneys have lasted over 30 years.

In brief: Depends on source
It depends on the donor source and ages of the donor and recipient.
About 90% of all kidney recipients are alive with a functioning graft at 1 year. Approximately 55% of living kidney recipients and 40% of deceased donor kidney recipients are alive with a functioning graft at 10 years. Some kidneys have lasted over 30 years.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Stephen Cheng
Surgery - Transplant
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
The average functional life of a kidney graft following a transplant depends on the source of the organ.
For kidney grafts donated by living-related (and even living-unrelated) donors, the half-life (the time it takes for half of the kidney grafts to fail) is close to 20 years. For kidneys procured from deceased (cadaveric) donors, the half life is approximately 11 years on average.

In brief: Depends
The average functional life of a kidney graft following a transplant depends on the source of the organ.
For kidney grafts donated by living-related (and even living-unrelated) donors, the half-life (the time it takes for half of the kidney grafts to fail) is close to 20 years. For kidneys procured from deceased (cadaveric) donors, the half life is approximately 11 years on average.
Dr. Stephen Cheng
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Dr. Amitabh Gautam
Surgery - Transplant
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Varies
Impossible to predict for a given patient.
In general living donor kidneys have a half life (50% graft lost) of 18-20 years.

In brief: Varies
Impossible to predict for a given patient.
In general living donor kidneys have a half life (50% graft lost) of 18-20 years.
Dr. Amitabh Gautam
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Dr. Keith Klein
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Many years
Depends.
. If from living donor, about 90% last five years, 75% last about ten years and nowadays, more and more last more than 20 years if from deceased donor, subtract about 10%-15% from the above numbers. This assumes a decent match and proper attention to taking transplant medications.

In brief: Many years
Depends.
. If from living donor, about 90% last five years, 75% last about ten years and nowadays, more and more last more than 20 years if from deceased donor, subtract about 10%-15% from the above numbers. This assumes a decent match and proper attention to taking transplant medications.
Dr. Keith Klein
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