Kidney and pancreas transplant: Who should be evaluated

Kidney transplants are the treatment of choice for most people with end stage renal failure. When compared to dialysis, transplantation holds the promise of a better quality of life as well as longer life for many people.

Conditions that can benefit from kidney transplantation 

  • Diabetes (types I and II) that has caused renal failure
  • Hypertensive nephrosclerosis, kidney failure caused by chronic high blood pressure
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Reflux nephropathy
  • Polycystic Kidney disease
  • Certain inherited genetic conditions of the kidney
  • Nephrosclerosis
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Atypical hemolytic anemia
  • And many others, including several rare kidney diseases such as C3GN and DDD

Kidney transplant referral

You can be referred for a kidney transplant evaluation by your nephrologist, primary care physician, or a self-referral. To begin the process you can contact the UI Organ Transplant Center at 1-877-386-9108.

Many patients with kidney problems have other medical illnesses. While these problems may be limiting factors in some instances, there are few absolute contraindications to kidney transplant and each patient is evaluated on an individual basis. We encourage you or your referring physicians to contact us to review your medical history to see if you might benefit from transplant.

Ideally, you will undergo your transplant evaluation before you start dialysis, but of course many patients are already on dialysis when they are referred for transplant. The best way to accomplish a “pre-emptive” transplant, (one done shortly before the need for dialysis is initiated) is with a living donor transplant. You might want to consider this option well in advance of your visit to the University of Iowa and review our information for living donors.

Last reviewed: 
December 2017

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