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    How old is too old for a transplant?

    Hi,

    I'm asking this question for my mom, who just started on in-center hemo dialysis 5 months ago. She's 69 years old, turning 70 this November, has been diabetic for 20 years, but was diagnosed with CKD in 2005. At first my mom was against the idea of a transplant if that would mean getting it from any one of her children. She said since the disease seems to run in the family then we needed to keep ours for ourselves. But then again she's having a difficult time adjusting to the dialysis, so when we told her the kidney can come from someone else she said she's willing to consider that.

    However, when I asked her neph about it he immediately shot down the idea. He said with the host of complications my mom is suffering from, plus her age, it's close to impossible to get approval for transplantation. He said it would take a year or 2 just to get on the list, and a wait of 5 years or more to get a transplant, if at all. By then my mom would be too old for a transplant. He said the only way my mom could get one sooner is if any one of her relatives would donate a kidney. Is this true? Thanks for any info sent my way.

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    It sounds pretty accurate to me. Many people in their 70's receive transplants as long as they qualify otherwise. Actually transplants have a better chance in older patients because their immune systems have weakened with age and there isn't as big a chance of rejection as there is with younger patients.
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    Cool It depends.......

    alot of it depends on the medical center performing the procedure.

    the one I'm going thru would not even consider a patient under 65.
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    Age

    Well I am 73 and have just passed my yearly @ UNC in Chapel Hill. I am in the process to get on the list in Charlotte, median wait time 14 mos.
    A Dr has to recommend you and if you are on dialysis they too have to recommend you. Don't let a little thing like age and other illness stop you from trying. Above all be compliant, get regular exercise and have a wonderful attitude. Can't never can and some times can can't. But if you don't try the answer is 24K gold plated NO.
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    Idiopathic globular membranous nephritis 1999-2006
    Feb 2006 Dx about 1-2 yrs before dialysis. Dialysis start 6-2006
    Chest Cath 4 mos in center hemo dialysis
    Fistula, button holes, self stick days 07-09 in center hemo
    Graft nocturnal hemo 4Q09 to present

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    Everything the others say is true. But is also true that you get the transplant accomplished faster if you have a living donor. If you wait for a cadaver it can take a long time. If you have a living donor, they just schedule the surgery once both donor and recipient have passed the screening tests.
    To the stars through difficulty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pancho3 View Post
    alot of it depends on the medical center performing the procedure.

    the one I'm going thru would not even consider a patient under 65.
    I'm a bit confused.
    You mean they will only do transplants on younger people or only on older people?

    I know where I go in Canada, I have not been told of any age limits.
    I do know that to even get on the waiting list here, it can take over 3 years.You have to wait in line with all the other "regular" people that have to see the same specialists.
    Sometimes you end up waiting 1 year just for one test and that sucks.

    I almost wish I could live in the US as healthcare seems much faster than around here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ottawagirl View Post
    I'm a bit confused.
    You mean they will only do transplants on younger people or only on older people?

    I know where I go in Canada, I have not been told of any age limits.
    I do know that to even get on the waiting list here, it can take over 3 years.You have to wait in line with all the other "regular" people that have to see the same specialists.
    Sometimes you end up waiting 1 year just for one test and that sucks.p

    I almost wish I could live in the US as healthcare seems much faster than around here!
    I live in Montreal and got on the list in six months and every test was done as an inpatient. i ended up having my husband as a donor but the testing certainly wasn't an issue. My dr told me the units are as anxious as you to get you out of dialysis as there is such a huge increase in demand for dialysis.They need the space!!!
    Pollyana, one of the transplants on my floor when I got my transplant was 74 and doing really well! A lot depends on the patient's other medical problems.

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    Question on drinking and transplant

    I use to be a heavy drinker and wondering if that will keep me from getting on the transplant list....I am afraid to ask. First I have to pass the heart Dr. & stress test then on to the blood work which I will assume checks the liver. Any info anyone....I'm 63, 19% function....main symptom is TIRED!!! thanks Phyl

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    It shouldn't be a problem as long as your liver enzymes are okay. A simple blood test will determine. It isn't unusual to be tired at 19%.
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    thanks

    Flip, thanks for your input....I'll be back on these forums a lot. Phyl

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