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Who may not be a good candidate for a kidney transplant?

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People at almost any age, from children to older adults, can get a kidney transplant, but not everyone’s healthy enough for one. If your loved one has any of these conditions, they’re not likely to get a transplant:

  • Active or recently treated cancer
  • Illness that might limit their life to just a few more years
  • Infection that can’t be treated or keeps coming back
  • Serious health condition -- like severe heart disease -- that means they’re not healthy enough for surgery
  • Obese Dementia
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Hard time remembering to take medicine
  • Mental health problems that aren’t easily managed

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Transplant,” “Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Transplant,” “Dialysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Kidney Transplant.”

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Facts You Need to Know about Kidney Transplants and Dialysis.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Dialysis or Kidney Transplantation -- Which Is Right for Me? (Beyond the Basics).”

Piedmont Healthcare: “The Benefits and Risks of Kidney Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: “The Benefits of Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Johns Hopkins: “Kidney Transplant.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Kidney Transplant,” “Choosing a Treatment for Kidney Failure.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Kidney Transplant,” “Dialysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Kidney Transplant.”

Cleveland Clinic: “4 Facts You Need to Know about Kidney Transplants and Dialysis.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Dialysis or Kidney Transplantation -- Which Is Right for Me? (Beyond the Basics).”

Piedmont Healthcare: “The Benefits and Risks of Kidney Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: “The Benefits of Transplant Versus Dialysis.”

Johns Hopkins: “Kidney Transplant.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 12, 2018

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