Patients must meet certain basic criteria in order to be considered a potential transplant candidate. These criteria are different depending upon the type of organ(s) needed. These basic criteria are just the initial indicators. All patients must be fully evaluated by the transplant team to determine if transplantation is the best treatment option.
Initial Indications That I May Be a Candidate
The following patients may be considered potential candidates for kidney transplantation:
- Patients with End-Stage Kidney Disease on dialysis.
- Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (stage IV or V with calculated or estimated GFR <20ml/min.
- Patients with chronic kidney disease (stage IV with GFR <30ml/min) that also need another organ transplant.
- Patients with chronic kidney disease that have type 1 Diabetes that has not responded to medical treatment may also be considered for a combined kidney-pancreas transplant.
Indications That I May Not Be a Candidate
There may be times when transplantation is not the best treatment option for patients. Patients will be considered on an individual basis to determine whether the benefits of transplantation will outweigh the risks.
If you have any questions regarding whether you or one of your patients is a potential transplant candidate, please contact our pre-transplant office locally at 216.444.6996 or toll-free 800.223.2273 ext. 46996.