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Kidney Transplant after Liver Transplant

Kimlescam
Kimlescam
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HI

Has anyone had to have a kidney transplant after having a new liver.

My husband had a liver transplant in Nov 2017 and his kidneys do not seem to have recovered. Worst case scenario is a kidney transplant which is freaking him out.

Would be grateful for any advice?

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Hi it is early days yet. My hubbys kidneys packed up after transplant in 2011. They got them sorted but for quite a long time he had poor function but i t sorted itself out. All ok now.keep your fingers crossed. The immunossepressants also affect the kidney

Good luck

Hi my kidneys have been on a downward spiral since transplant also and just received a phone call this week saying the function had reduced again. It's a horrible side effect of the tablets what are keeping us alive... The good thing is kidneys can go a long time on a rubbish function and I am sure in time things will settle certainly no need to panic at the moment a lot of people post transplant have probably with kidney function x

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Had my husband survived he would have had to go on the transplant list for both liver and kidneys. It seems they go hand in hand but the severity of the damage to each, probably varies from person to person.

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Is he drinking plenty of water? It's supposed to minimise the effect on the kidneys.

jojokarak
jojokarak
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It doesn't make no difference worst luck I drink loads of water daily and my function still declining

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Sorry you've been having problems with your kidneys jojo. I was was told water would reduce the effect of tacrolimus on the kidneys. I'm nearly 16 months post tx and my kidney function has always been excellent even though I'm on a relatively high dose of immunosuppressants. Was your kidney damage caused after transplant or was it an existing issue made worse by medications?

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I had a couple of infections pre in my kidneys but was through the ascities and water tablets but since transplant and immuno suppresents they are taking a gradual downturn, I am on monthly bloods now just for kidneys I am hoping it turns around at some point .... But I know a good few people who have reduced kidney function now due to the tablets...

Glad yours are good 😊

Hi Kim,

A reduction in kidney function is a potential complication post transplant, both as a result of acute injury during the transplant and as a result of medications. It is known for kidney function to go down far enough for dialysis to be required. At which stage, it may also eventually warrant a further kidney transplant. I can't remember the percentages now, but having some form of kidney disfunction prior to transplant may increase that risk.

What is your husband's current GFR, if you don't mind me asking?

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