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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 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.