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Kidney Transplant

Conditions Leading to Kidney Transplant

At Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University, each potential transplant patient is evaluated individually by a team of experts to ensure the patient is healthy enough to survive transplant and will receive long-term benefits.

Common indications for kidney transplant include:
  • Malignant hypertension
  • Polycystic kidney disease
  • Hypertensive nephrosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Glomerular diseases
  • Renovascular and other vascular diseases
  • Congenital, familial and metabolic disorders
  • Tubular and interstitial diseases
  • Neoplasms



For additional information or to begin a kidney transplant evaluation, call .

Ambrose Perkins

Ambrose Perkins was an active father and grandfather. He enjoyed his job as a bus driver, and he especially loved fishing, spending much of his free time with a rod and reel. When hypertension caused his kidneys to fail, Ambrose's doctors told him a transplant was his best bet for a normal life. Because none of his family members were donor candidates, he went on the waiting list for a donor organ. One day, as Ambrose told his boss about his condition, his friend and co-worker, Kim Monroe, overheard and offered to donate her kidney. Ambrose thought she was kidding. But Kim made an appointment to be evaluated as a donor and drove to Barnes-Jewish for an extensive work up. It turned out that Kim's kidney was a close match for Ambrose. On Nov. 15, 2005, Kim underwent a mini-nephrectomy - a minimally invasive donor procedure developed at Barnes-Jewish, and Ambrose received her healthy kidney. Both were out of the hospital within a week. Thanks to the skill of his doctors, the support of the transplant center team, and the generosity of his co-worker, Ambrose is reeling in fish once again.

 

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