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Indications

Indications

Kidney transplant may be recommended for patients with kidney failure caused by:

  • severe, uncontrollable high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • infections
  • 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: 6/13/2011

Updated by: Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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