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Kidney transplant may be recommended for patients with kidney failure caused by:
- severe, uncontrollable high blood pressure (hypertension)
- diabetes mellitus
- congenital abnormalities of the kidneys
- other diseases which cause renal failure, such as autoimmune disease
Donor kidneys are obtained from either brain-dead organ donors, or from living relatives or friends of the recipient.
Update Date 5/7/2013
Updated by: Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Chief of Urology, Cambridge Health Alliance, Visiting Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.