What needs to be known about transplantation?
Medical and Social Requirements for Kidney Transplantation – Patient Hospitalization
Prospective patients who have applied to the Acıbadem Hospitals Group Transplantation Center with requests of kidney transplantation are required to have undergone a nephrology examination and have the analyses listed below conducted for Chronic Renal Failure diagnosis. If the patient has not yet received this diagnosis in his/her country and/or is in doubt, he/she will be given the necessary preliminary analyses and the nephrology examination at our Center for an evaluation of his/her application. These analyses are not included in the package price for kidney transplantations.
If the patient has already received this diagnosis in his/her country, is certain about her decision, and has applied for transplantation, all analyses and costs are covered in the package price quoted for transplantation.
Preliminary analysis required for diagnosis
- Urine Analysis, Full
- Creatinine Clearance
- Phosphor, Inorganic
- Protein, Urine (24-hour)
- Sodium (Na)
- Aspartate Aminotranspherase
- Alanine Aminotranspherase
- Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN)
- Blood Count, Automatic Hemogram (Wide Panel)
- Parathormone (PTH), Intact
- USG, Urinary System
Requirements for becoming a living donor for patients
Requirements for becoming a living donor for patients who will come from abroad and who want to utilize the Acıbadem Transplantation Center offering kidney and pancreas* transplantation service are the following:
1. Blood groups of the recipient and donor should be compatible. Blood group compatibility requirements are as follows:
|A||A or 0|
|B||B or 0|
|AB||A, B, AB, 0 (all blood groups may donate)|
|0||0 (only group 0 may donate)|
The RH factor does not matter. Both (-) and (+) may donate to each other.
Patient without blood group compatibility may refer to the cross transplantation list. However, this service is available only to Turkish citizens.
- The kidney donor candidate must be a relative of the patient or his/her spouse up to the fourth degree. Accordingly,
First Degree Relatives: Mother-father-child
Second Degree Relatives: Sibling, grandfather, grandmother, grandchild
Third Degree Relatives: Paternal/maternal uncle, paternal/maternal aunt, cousin (child of sibling)
Fourth Degree Relatives: Children of third degree relatives.
Relatives of the spouse of the person are ranked in the same way.
- The candidate kidney donor must be 18 years of age or older, and mentally stable.
- If the candidate donor has known health problem or a weight problem, he/she must contact the Center by phone prior to his/her visit
Who Can Not Be Living Kidney Donors?
- Children under 18 years of age with diabetes mellitus, and hypertension patients ( medically proven )
- Those with recurrent kidney stones
- Those with kidney diseases
- Cancer patients (excluding skin and some CNS tumors )
Immediate family members such as brothers, sisters, parents or children are the first choice among living donors to increases the chances of blood and tissue compatibility. Children under 18 years of age cannot donate organs legally in Turkey, even if to family members. Organ donation from a living person is a voluntary gift and cannot be coerced or paid for.
International patients can receive transplantation from living donors. In order to be considered for living donation transplantation, individuals should apply to the legal authorities in their countries and provide official documentation that the intended donor and recipient are related to the 4th degree or closer (i.e., parents and children are first-degree relatives; siblings, grand-children and grand-parents are second-degree relatives; uncles, aunts and cousins are third-degree relatives; and children of third-degree relatives are considered fourth-degree relatives. These relations can be established either through blood or marriage). The aforementioned documents should be submitted to the Organ Coordinator for evaluation and submittal to the Local Ethics Committee, should the need arise. Further information about the process can be obtained from our Organ Coordinators.