Post Number: 1
|Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 - 11:50 pm: ||
My mother was just told today that she will either need a transplant or dialysis in the near future. Of course, we're opting for the transplant if at all possible; however, I have concerns since she's had a slew of health issues in the past few years.
She's been diabetic for 20+ years, which I'm sure is a major contributor to the health issues she's had these last few years. In December 2010 she had a MI followed by triple bypass surgery in January 2011. Unfortunately, she then had a stroke in February 2011. Even though she has some residual deficits (i.e., minimal use of her right side), she remains ambulatory with the use of a walker and performs most of her ADLs either independently or with minimal assistance.
That being said, I've tried to do some research regarding what her chances of being eligible for a kidney transplant would be, and I'm quite discouraged from what I've found. It seems that most of the information I've come across has listed obesity (her BMI is ~ 35) as a potential contraindication as well as a history of having a prior stroke.
Can anyone give me any addition insight? Also, would eligibility differ based on whether or not she would have a family member donate a kidney?
Post Number: 29
|Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 04:32 pm: ||
I think you should contact whatever transplant center you think you would use for the transplant and find out what their criteria are for being a recipient. Then you would know for sure what their requirements are and you won't be guessing or getting erroneous information. Good luck.
|Kidney Tx - Aug 4, 2011 |
VA Pittsburgh Health Care Center
Follow UPMC non-steroidal protocol
Live donor was my radio operator in Vietnam
Post Number: 478
|Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 04:40 pm: ||
Different centers have different criteria. As Gene said, check with your local center and see what they have to say. Hopefully, she will be a good candidate. Best of luck.
|Dx with T1 in 1966 |
Kidney tx in Minneapolis 2002
Pancreas tx in 2008
Post Number: 316
|Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 07:55 pm: ||
As the others mentioned above, different centers have different criteria. A lot of them agree on the basic things, but when it comes to special situations some are more strict or conservative than others. Things like age, prior illness, other health issues are very subjective topics.
Make sure to check with a few different centers and ask thoroughly.
|Kidney Transplant |