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Living Donor Kidney Transplant Archive Questions

Below are Dr. Leeser’s answers to Living Donor Kidney Transplant questions
received through the Ask the Expert feature.

This content is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended
to be a substitute for individual medical advice in diagnosing or treating a
health problem. Please consult with your physician about your specific health
care concerns.

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Q : 1

Is a type O Kidney compatible with a type A Kidney?

A type O kidney can be transplanted into a type A recipient. A small percentage of type A kidneys can be transplanted into type O recipients; but that depends on a number of complex factors.

Q : 2

After donating my kidney, will I be able to care for myself upon release from the hospital? Will it be necessary for me to remain close to the hospital where the surgery is performed? What type of medicine, if any, will I need? What is an antigen match?

You should have someone to assist you for several days. You do not need to remain close to the hospital. You will be one some pain medication and perhaps a stool softener. An antigen match is the tissue matching between you and the recipient.

Q : 3

Can I be a donor if I'm currently on Paxil? If not, how soon after I wean off could I donate?

Paxil does not interfere with the ability to be a donor.

Q : 4

My sister was supposed to have a kidney transplant, but they gave her a new kidney and left the one they were supposed to be replacing inside her. Now she has three kidneys. Have you ever heard of this?

The old kidneys are usually left in place unless they are causing specific problems, such as an infection.

Q : 5

My brother has PKD. I do not, but I have high blood pressure and take meds for this every day. Can I still donate a kidney to my brother if I am a match?

You might be a candidate. It depends on your age, weight, family history of high blood pressure, current blood pressure, current medications for blood pressure control, kidney function, and whether you have any other problems.

Q : 6

Does the donor blood type have to match the recepients blood type?

No. The donor blood type must be compatible with the recipient. For example, a blood type O donor could donate to a blood type O, A, B, or AB recipient. Another example, a blood type B donor can donate to a blood type B recipient.

Q : 7

If a kidney transplant is rejected by the recipients body, can that donated kidney be removed and replanted back into the donors body that it came from? Or do the anti-rejection drugs affect the donated kidney?

Once a kidney is rejected it is usually so damaged and scarred that it cannot be removed and used elsewhere.


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