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From Illinois, USA:

If my daughter should ever require a kidney transplant, what tests are done on interested parties/family members to check for compatibility? Is anyone's kidney okay if size is similar?


Normally a candidate donor should expect to evaluated for any common health problems like hypertension that might increase operative risk. Renal function would be assessed by an IVP (IntraVenous Pyelogram) for any anatomical deviations including calculi and then for function with an inulin or creatinine clearance test. Finally it is important to exclude any inborn errors of metabolism like cystinuria that might cause problems after transplantation. HLA typing would also be done to assess genetic variation. There also usually would be some assessment of person's emotional and economic background.


Original posting 3 Jul 2000
Posted to Transplants


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