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Who is a Candidate for Kidney Transplant?

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Potential candidates for kidney transplant include patients who suffer from:

  • End stage renal disease
  • Complications from diabetes
  • Other medical conditions as identified by their doctors

Benefits of Kidney Transplant

Having a kidney transplant can:

  • Provide an alternative to kidney dialysis for management of kidney disease, leading to fewer medical complications and a potentially longer life span
  • Improve quality of life
  • Give a patient more energy and better overall health
  • Lessen the dependence on medications

Risks of Kidney Transplant

Potential risks of kidney transplant include:

  • Waitlist times
  • Complications from surgery
  • Side effects of transplant medications
» Learn more about kidney transplant eligibility at UPMC.

GFR Score

Your Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) is a measurement used to determine kidney function and the stage of your kidney disease. Use the GFR calculator to find out your score.