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Complications after a kidney transplant

9 March 2018


A kidney transplant is the implantation of a kidney in a patient with end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

Depending on the source of the donor organ, the transplant is typically classified as deceased-donor or living donor. Living donor transplants can be related or unrelated transplants, depending on whether or not there is a blood, civil (adoption), or affinity (marriage) relationship.

Although it is a successful treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease, complications can occur, so it is important to know the most common symptoms, report them to your doctor, and have the necessary treatment

Some complications after a kidney transplant can be:

  • Bleeding.
    It can occur after any surgery because tissues and blood vessels are cut. It is detected within the first 12 to 24 hours.
  • Vascular thrombosis
    Clots can form in the kidney’s blood vessels, blocking blood flow.
  • Renal artery stenosis
    The main blood vessel that enters the kidney can become narrowed (stenosed) while it heals, so blood flow (and therefore oxygen carried by the blood in the renal artery) decreases.
  • Ureteral stenosis and urine leak
    The ureter is a tube that drains urine from the kidney to the bladder, and sometimes the ureter may not heal properly, which can cause it to narrow and block urine flow or detach and cause urine to leak into the abdomen.

It is important to notify the treating physician in case of having any of the above complications.

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