Kidney Care and Transplant Services

Living Kidney Donation Process

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The evaluation for being a living kidney donor includes many tests, procedures and visits with doctors. It also consists of meeting with many members of the transplant team (link to team site). The evaluation helps us determine if you are a good match with your potential recipient and if you are healthy enough to donate your kidney.

Please be aware that the evaluation may reveal health conditions that need to be corrected prior to donation; if they cannot be corrected, you may not qualify to donate.

To help you understand this process, we’ve created a visual guide (pdf here) to illustrate the steps you need to take.

Evaluation and Testing

Some or all of the following tests may be included in your evaluation process. Other tests may need to be done based on the results of these tests or the medical evaluation performed by your physicians:

  • Blood tests — A variety of blood tests will be performed. These include blood typing, HLA typing, and cross matching to determine organ compatibility. A blood draw screening for exposure to infections, including HIV and hepatitis, will also be performed.
  • Urine tests — Urine tests are done to screen for blood, protein and urinary tract diseases. Two 24-hour urine collections are also completed to test your kidney function.
  • EKG — An electrocardiogram shows how well your heart is beating and the function of your heart valves. This helps your doctor decide if your heart is strong enough for donation.