The Johns Hopkins Kidney Transplant Program provides comprehensive kidney treatment for all patients. Our research has led to breakthrough innovations for those suffering with renal failure.
Kidney Transplant | Antara's Story
Years after cancer treatment and a combined heart/lung transplant, Antara Desai's kidneys began to fail. In need of a kidney transplant, Antara turned to Johns Hopkins, where a multidisciplinary team of experts developed a treatment plan with her complex medical history in mind.Learn more about our living donor program
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn more about the kidney donation process and what to expect. If you can’t find your question, please contact us.
There are several situations where a kidney transplant may be considered a viable option. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- adult onset, or type 2
- juvenile diabetes, or type 1
- Hypertension/high blood pressure
- Congenital renal obstructive disorders leading to hydronephrosis, including the following:
- Congenital nephrotic syndrome
- Alport syndrome
- Nephropathic and juvenile cystinosis
- Polycystic kidney disease
- Nail-patella syndrome
- Berger disease
- Henoch-Schönlein purpura
- Hemolytic uremic syndrome
- Wegener granulomatosis
- Goodpasture syndrome
You must go through several medical tests before eligibility is determined. You will meet with a team of physicians, surgeons and specialists. The evaluation time takes approximately one to two months.
You will need to go through a referral process. Read the frequently asked questions about kidney transplant referrals.
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Yes. The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center offers several different options for kidney transplant, including living donation. Your physician and surgeons will work with you to determine your best option:
- Traditional Donation:
- Traditional kidney transplants occur when a patient receives a kidney from a deceased donor. This organ is referred to as a cadaveric kidney.
- Living Donor Transplant:
- When a patient has a family member or friend who is willing to donate a kidney, this is called a living donor transplant.
- Incompatible Kidney Transplant:
- More than one-third of willing donors are turned down because their blood types are not compatible with the person to whom they wish to donate their kidney. The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center developed methods to make a donated kidney more compatible. Our Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program (InKTP), founded in 1998, is a world leader in this kind of transplant, and has shown dramatic outcomes.
- Kidney Swap / Exchange:
- At Johns Hopkins, we also participate in kidney swaps and exchanges, where donor/recipient pairs will trade organs. For example, if Donor A was unable to donate to Recipient A, he could donate to Recipient B. Recipient B’s donor would then donate to Patient A. This is a very effective way of managing incompatible donors and recipients.
- Non-Directed (Altruistic) Donor:
- The Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center encourages people to consider becoming a non-directed kidney donor. These donors do not know the recipient, and are donating to improve the health of an unknown individual. Non-directed donations can set off a domino of kidney donations, which can have an effect on many people. One of the largest kidney exchanges that was started by a non-directed donor resulted in fourteen transplantations.
- Traditional Donation:
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Johns Hopkins Introduction to Kidney Transplantation
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Remote Access to CareTelemedicine Kidney Transplant Services
Our clinic provides telemedicine services for patients undergoing kidney transplantation and kidney transplant recipients. Virtual visits can help you manage your condition with more ease and flexibility without having to leave your home when appropriate.
Contact us at 410-955-5045 to request an appointment.