Elizabeth Thomas, DOTransplant
Gregory Abrahamian, MDTransplant
Shirin Sharma, MDNephrology
Depend on University Health for thorough evaluation and testing to determine if you are a kidney transplant candidate.
What to Expect
After your first visit with your care team, transplant kidney specialist and surgeon, you’ll have a pre-transplant evaluation. You must go through the assessment to become a candidate for a kidney transplant.
During the evaluation, you’ll have many tests. Your test results will help determine if transplantation is the best and safest treatment option for you.
Transplant Evaluation & Tests
Rely on your care team at University Health to complete a physical exam and record your medical and surgical history. Additional diagnostic tests may include:
- Bladder studies – Examines your bladder using an X-ray and/or camera
- Blood tests – Checks your blood count, blood and tissue type, blood chemistries and immune system function
- Cardiac stress test – Shows how well your heart works during physical activity
- Chest X-ray – Determines your lung and lower respiratory tract health and looks for infections
- Colonoscopy – Looks for problems or changes in your bowel, for recipients age 50 and over, signaling cancer
- Dental exam – Assesses the health of your teeth and gums
- Echocardiogram – Uses ultrasound to show how well your heart pumps
- Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) – Measures your heart’s electrical impulses to keep blood flowing
- Panel reactive antibody (PRA) – Identifies antibodies that would cause you to reject a kidney
- Tissue typing – Helps find a matching kidney
Exams for Women
If you’re a woman, you’ll also need the following tests:
- Mammogram – Uses X-ray to look for signs of breast cancer
- Pap smear – Collects cervical cells to detect abnormalities and cervical cancer
Exam for Men
If you’re a man, you’ll also need:
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test – Measures the level of PSA in your blood to screen for prostate cancer
Results from your pre-transplant evaluation and testing will determine if you are a candidate for a kidney transplant. Your pre-transplant coordinator will keep you informed of your progress toward selection for the transplant list.