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If it seems like it’s the right time for your child to have a kidney transplant, we’ll ask you to come to the hospital for an informational visit. Your family will meet our transplant team, and you’ll be invited to ask questions and share any concerns you may have. We encourage you to bring family to this initial meeting.
If you and the transplant team agree that a kidney transplant is a good idea, your child will be scheduled for an extensive array of tests that are necessary to:
Who will we meet with during the transplant evaluation?
A transplant is a complex procedure that touches different medical specialties – that’s why you and your child will meet and work with Children’s Hospital Boston experts from a number of different areas, including:
Other members of your child’s transplant team may include:
Children’s is also home to one of the two pediatric kidney transplant training programs in the country. Your child is in good hands with us.
What tests are done during the evaluation?
Your child’s transplant team will order different tests to rule out infections, see how well her organs are functioning, and make sure a donor match is compatible. These types of tests may include:
1. Blood tests
Other tests will check for exposure to viruses, bacteria and infections including:
3. Other kinds of tests
The transplant team will consider all information from interviews, your child's medical history, physical examination and diagnostic tests in determining whether your child has reached a level of end stage renal disease that requires a kidney transplant. They may also decide that some additional studies or procedures are necessary before the transplant to ensure its chance of success.
Once your child has been fully prepared to have a kidney transplant, the transplant will be scheduled if there is a qualified living donor. If there is no living donor, your child will be placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) list.
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Designed by Children’s psychiatrist-in-chief David DeMaso, MD and members of his team, the Experience Journal is an online collection of thoughts, reflections and advice from kids, parents and other caregivers about the transplant experience.
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