What happens if your kidney transplant fails?

What happens if your kidney transplant fails?

The anti-rejection medicine prevents your body from recognizing the donor kidney as a “foreign object.” Without enough of the medicine in your blood, your body “sees” the new kidney and begins to attack it. Eventually you will damage enough of your kidney that you have to go back on dialysis.

What percentage of kidney transplants fail?

Less than 1 in 20 transplant patients have an acute rejection episode that leads to complete failure of their new kidney. Chronic rejection happens more often and occurs slowly over the years after your kidney transplant. Over time, your new kidney may stop working because your immune system will constantly fight it.

Which organ transplants have the best outcome?

Adult kidney transplantation is perhaps the greatest success among all the procedures; more than 270,000 initial transplantations have been performed since 1970.

What happens to patients with a failed kidney transplant?

Furthermore, a study based on the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) registry showed that patients with failed kidney transplant have reduced quality of life compared with transplant-naïve patients [ 11 ]. Several elements should be taken into account when comparing these studies.

Is it possible to have more than one kidney transplant?

You will have a higher risk for infections and certain types of cancer. Although most transplants are successful and last for many years, how long they last can vary from one person to the next. Many people will need more than one kidney transplant during a lifetime.

Is it safe to return to dialysis after a kidney transplant?

Although outcomes of people returning to dialysis after graft failure are poor, guidelines for the care of kidney transplant recipients do not include recommendations for safe and adequate management of this transition.

How many patients have a failed kidney allograft?

Patients with a failed kidney allograft have steadily increased in recent years, accounting for ~4–5% of the incident dialysis population as reported in US Renal Data System (USRDS) report. Moreover, they represent an important portion of people waitlisted for kidney transplantation (~15%) [ 5 ].