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Can Transplant Receipients Be Too Old?

06/18/2007

Question:

My husband is 69 yrs. old and has been told that he is too old for a kidney transplant. Is this true?

Answer:

69 years old is not necessarily true.  There are some transplant centers where they may not be willing to perform the transplant and others where they are not.  There are a number of different factors that determine eligibility for kidney transplant including: blood pressure, the presence of other chronic conditions such as diabetes, liver function, etc.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases site has an article referenced below that contains more information about kidney transplant.

Related Resources:

Kidney Transplant: The Transplant Process

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Response by:

Philip W Hall, 3rd, MD Philip W Hall, 3rd, MD
Formerly, Professor Emeritus of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University