MUSC KidneyTransplant Program

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Transplant Selection Criteria

Generally, a kidney transplant is indicated for patients who are suffering from irreversible kidney failure. These patients are in Stage IV or V of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Being selected as a good kidney transplant candidate is based on a thorough review of a patient’s:

  • Current health condition
  • Past medical history
  • Psychosocial history and evaluation
  • Lab results
  • Medical testing
  • Financial status

Patients who are not good candidates for a kidney transplant include those who have:

  • Malignancy other than skin cell carcinomas
  • Active infections
  • Active immunological disease, such as Lupus, Goodpasture, Wegeners or other vasculitis, Scleroderma
  • Advanced cardiac disease
  • Advanced primary pulmonary or thoracic disease
  • HIV infection
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Obesity
  • Malnutrition
  • Unstable psychiatric disorder
  • Evidence of poor compliance
  • Absence of funding
  • Active alcohol or substance abuse

Drs. Baliga and Chavin

Drs. Baliga and Chavin


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