About your kidneys and transplant
Living kidney donation
Living kidney donors
Types of living donation
Benefits and risks of being a living kidney donor
Making the decision to donate
How kidney donation can affect your life
Costs and insurance
Kidney donor testing
First stage of testing for donation
Potential tests for kidney donors
Transplant recipient information
Benefits and risks of kidney transplant
Types of kidney donation
About living donation
About Living Donation
Finding a living donor and transplant tourism
Deceased kidney donation
Before your transplant: Evaluation and the wait list
Your transplant team
Health insurance and finances
Plan for your after-transplant needs
Staying mentally and emotionally well
Getting the call: Transplant day
Your transplant surgery
Medicines after your transplant
Nutrition before your transplant
Nutrition after your transplant
After your transplant
Health problems to watch for after transplant
Travel and pregnancy after transplant
Donor and recipient video stories
Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry
Living donation and transplant resources
Some tests check your general health, others show how well your kidneys are working. Tests that may be included are:
Your blood is tested for viruses or diseases that could be passed on to the recipient from your kidney transplant. You’ll go to a lab to get these tests done:
You may be able to get your
Mantoux test done at your local public health centre. This is a skin test to see if you’ve ever been exposed to Tuberculosis (TB). A small amount of liquid (0.1 ml) is injected under the skin on your arm. You’ll need to have the injection site checked 2 to 3 days later to get the results. In some cases, this can also be a blood test. If so, you’d go to a lab to have this done.
If you’re over age 50 years, you’ll have this screening test for bowel cancer. Anyone with a family history may be asked to have a
Fecal Immunochemical (FIT) Test even if they’re not age 50 years.
Your urine is tested for infection, protein, and blood. A
urine test is done at least twice over the time of the donor evaluation.
For this test you’ll collect all your urine over 24 hours. The lab will give you a container to collect it in. If you miss some, you’ll have to start over.
When you return the container to the lab, they’ll do a blood test. The dissolved minerals in your urine are compared to those in your blood. The results of the test show how well your kidneys are working.
ECG records the electrical activity of your heart. The electrical activity in your heart is what keeps it pumping blood to and from your body. This test may be done in a lab or clinic and only takes a few minutes. You may be asked to have specialized heart tests or see a heart specialist (cardiologist).
Donors over age 50 years often need to see a heart specialist to make sure your heart is healthy for surgery.
Other tests and imaging may be needed depending on your health and what the results of regular testing show.
You may also be asked to get more specific blood tests for viruses and other infections if you:
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