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The ideal kidney donor is required to:

  • Be a person over age 18
  • Be willing to commit to the living kidney donor evaluation process and surgery
  • Be a family member, friend or acquaintance
  • Be in good health
  • Be of a compatible blood type
  • Have normal kidney function

There are certain situations that may require the kidney donor to go through additional steps to determine whether they are good candidates for donation. These include donors who:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) above 30
  • Suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Have a history of kidney stones
  • Are an incompatible cross-match
  • Are an incompatible blood type (In this case, they may not donate to the intended person but may perform a kidney “swap” with another donor-recipient pair through Kidney Paired Donation Program.)

There are certain circumstances in which a person would be ineligible to donate to a patient needing a kidney transplant. This includes donors who:

  • Are under age 18
  • Suffer from heart disease
  • Suffer from diabetes
  • Suffer from cancer
  • Suffer from chronic kidney issues
  • Have any conditions that may jeopardize their health by kidney donation (e.g. pregnancy, underweight, etc.)

Pre Transplant Evaluation for Kidney Donors

Before being accepted as a kidney donor, our team will conduct four phases of medical and psychosocial evaluations to make sure that you are healthy enough to endure the physical stress of kidney donation surgery and the recovery process.

Phase I kidney donor evaluation includes:

  • Creatinine blood test
  • Blood type test
  • Urinalysis
  • Health history
  • Psychosocial evaluation

Phase II kidney donor evaluation includes:

  • Education and consent
  • Physical exam
  • Tissue-matching blood test
  • Consultations with Donor Coordinator, Transplant Nephrologist and ILDA (Independent Living Donor Advocate)
  • Glucose tolerance test (if needed)

Phase III kidney donor evaluation includes:

  • Chest x-rays Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Consultations with the Donor Surgeon, Pharmacy, Financial Services, Nutrition, and Social Work
  • Phase IV kidney donor evaluation includes:
  • CT scan
  • Cross-matching blood test
  • Pre-op teaching

Phase IV kidney donor evaluation includes:

  • CT scan
  • Cross-matching blood test
  • Pre-op teaching