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Kidney Transplant Evaluation & Testing
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Kidney Transplant Evaluation & Testing

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

Test Results

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.



Doctors
  1. Carmen Landaverde, MD
    Gastroenterology Internal Medicine Transplant
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  2. Fabian Rodas Ochoa, MD
    Gastroenterology Internal Medicine Transplant
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  3. Shirin Sharma, MD
    Internal Medicine Nephrology
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