Contraindications for living kidney donation

What are some contraindications for living kidney donation?

The contraindications listed with an asterisk can have further work up, including a kidney biopsy, to determine the candidacy of a potential donor.

Other possible contraindications are acceptable depending on the transplant center.

For instance, certain centers will accept a Caucasian donor with hypertension if they are over 60 years of age with well-controlled blood pressure on one medication.

• Chronic kidney disease (glomerular filtration rate <80 mL/min per 1.73 m )

• Proteinuria*

• Hematuria*

• Active infection

• Chronic, active viral infections (e.g., HIV, hepatitis B/C)

• Active malignancy

• Family history of renal cell carcinoma

• Hypertension*

• Diabetes

• Urologic abnormalities, including nephrolithiasis*

• Active substance abuse

• Obesity (body mass index >35 kg/m )*

• Age younger than 18 years


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