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Kidney Transplant Requirements and Eligibility Criteria

Two male physicians talking Every kidney transplant center has a list of requirements that potential patients must meet to be considered for a transplant. At many centers, including Tampa General Hospital, there is an initial set of inclusion criteria that candidates must meet before being scheduled for an evaluation, as well as a second set of kidney transplant requirements that will be assessed during the evaluation process. To be considered for a kidney transplant at Tampa General, candidates typically must:

  • Have a kidney failure diagnosis of stage 5 (possibly 4) chronic kidney disease (CKD) or end-stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • Be an adult 80 years old or younger
  • Not have any active or uncontrolled psychiatric disorders, or a dependency on drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) within the healthy range for their height
  • Have an adequate support system (including social support and financial resources) to adapt to the demands of a transplant and post-transplant recovery
  • Have no previously documented history of non-compliance with prescribed medical regimens

Furthermore, candidates must not have HIV, active malignancies (with the exception of skin cancer, in certain situations), severe uncontrollable pulmonary hypertension, or severe cardiac and/or peripheral vascular diseases, including severe cardiomyopathy with an ejection fraction of less than 25 percent. In addition to the above kidney transplant requirements, there are relative contraindications that may exclude a patient from receiving a kidney transplant at Tampa General. Patients may not be eligible for a transplant if they:

  • Have untreated infections, uncontrolled diabetes, active Hepatitis B or C, or active immunological disorders that could lead to rejection of the transplanted kidney
  • Have been diagnosed with cancer in the past five years
  • Have a history of a significant cardiac and/or peripheral vascular disease along with current tobacco use
  • Do not have an intact and functional urinary tract (or a viable urine diversion alternative)
  • Have a BMI that indicates clinical obesity
  • Have abnormally high antibody levels and are non-responsive to desensitization treatment

At Tampa General Hospital, we evaluate each transplant candidate on an individual basis. To learn more about our kidney transplant requirements, please call 1-800-505-7769 (press 5 for the kidney transplant program and ask for the referral coordinator) or call the coordinator directly at (813) 844-8686.