Qualifying for a transplant

You will qualify to be on the kidney transplant list or receive a living kidney donation if you meet the criteria below.

If you have questions about your health, please ask your doctor or kidney transplant coordinator.


General health

You may not be able to be considered for a kidney transplant if you:

18 years or older end-stage kidney disease or insufficiency (likely needing dialysis) have an infection
  life-expectancy of two years or longer have a cancer that could spread or return, is not completely treated, or you have not been tumor-free for two to five years after the last treatment
    are a high risk for anesthesia
    have any illness that would keep you from rehabilitation
    have dependency to alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medicine
    are unable to follow a new lifestyle routine
    are HIV positive
    have severe obesity (body mass index greater than 40)

Source: Allina Health Patient Education, Kidney Transplant Information for Recipients and Donors, renal_ahc_93498
Reviewed By: Allina Patient Education experts, including the Transplantation Department of Abbott Northwestern Hospital
First Published: 05/15/2009
Last Reviewed: 05/15/2009