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Old 05-09-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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Needs new kidney after liver transplant

Im worried about my nephew who had a liver transplant as a baby...now in his twenties! Liver is great but of course long term anti rejection drugs cause...yes liver failure. I know he gets blood work done pretty regularly. He has his Gfr checked amoung other things...uses a lot of supplements and diet to help his numbers. He looked awfully thin to me when I saw him last. If he can't get a family member to be an accurate match the chances of getting a donor is well not as good. He always down plays his health...and man he drinks a lot of beer! I think his girlfriend told me his Gfr really fluctuates around a 10.. ? Could that be right? Its Up and down. I think he will be on dialysis soon... I just don't know..she said they have to go through counseling before a transplant takes place. I know he has lots of docs..but he's not that good at keeping his appts! He's a new college grad that wants to have fun! ..I'm worried because he just started a new job and it's quite stressful...I'm sure hes in somewhat of a denial so to speak. More of a venting thing for me...how does one know when your kidneys are not working? I don't think he has any symptoms. I just hope things workout for him..

 
Old 05-13-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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Re: Needs new kidney after liver transplant

Sometimes, people with kidney failure don't show a lot of symptoms. If he is drinking a lot of beer, he may have some swelling though. If a family member is not a match, have you thought about doing a paired or chain donation? This is where your nephew's family member gives a kidney to someone else, and their donor gives to your relative. Sometimes the chains are quite long involving many couples. It's something to think about anyway.

If you have any questions about dialysis or transplant, feel free to ask.
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