Is a kidney transplant safe for my mother?

Q. Can kidney transplant be done in a patient with diabetic nephropathy and congestive heart failure?

Answered by
Dr. Ilir Sharka
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 28, 2023

Hello doctor,

I want to ask about the kidney transplant that if it is safe to do for my mother. My mother is 60 years old and has diabetic nephropathy, chronic kidney disease, GFR is 6. Creatinine is 543 mg/dL. Potassium is 5 mEq/L. She had congestive heart failure, severe mitral regurgitation. The ejection fraction is 35 %. She had hypertension, hyperthyroidism, dyslipidemia, DM controlled.



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I passed carefully through your question and would explain that a kidney transplant would be a perfect solution for her low kidney function, but it could be at high risk because of her heart function. You should know that heart failure has a reserved life expectancy. You should know that only half of the heart failure patients survive five years after diagnosis. Anyway, this depends on many factors: lifestyle, genetics, treatment, comorbidities, etc. Besides, you should know that a kidney transplant can increase the risk for cardiac complications post-surgery, like myocardial infarction, etc. Being diabetic may indicate an increased cardiovascular risk. That is why it would be necessary to perform a Dobutamine stress echo or nuclear cardiac stress test before undergoing the kidney transplant, in order to investigate for the presence of coronary artery disease and undergo coronary catheterization if necessary, in order to avoid complications. So, you can see that benefits should be evaluated comparing them with the risks of surgery and heart complications. You should discuss with your doctor on the above issues.

Hi doctor,

Thank you so much.



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I am glad to have been helpful to you. If you have any other questions, in the future, please feel free to ask me again at any time. I would be glad to answer all of your questions or even give a second opinion on her test reports.

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