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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 6/29/2015
Updated by: Jennifer Sobol, DO, Urologist at the Michigan Institute of Urology, West Bloomfield, MI. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.