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Successful Cadaver Kidney Transplant

I guess most cadaver kidney transplants lasts for 20 years. I'm curious. Has anyone have their cadaver transplant longer than 20 years?

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Hi benedict regarding a cadaver transplanted kidney lasting more than 20 years YES it can do I have had mine 26 years and I hope it will go on for a few more years yet

I am 72 and over the years I have gone through a lot of ill health and the kidney still keeps going

If there are any questions you

You would like to ask feel free to ask mdidnt notice if you are in England or elsewhere

You take care x

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Thank you for the update. I am from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 69 years old and received my kidney transplant on June 28, 1978! I don't want to "toot my horn" because I not that kind of guy. I really want to know if any other Canadian has a cadaver transplant longer than myself.

I hope your kidney keeps working as long as mine and enjoy your life as much as you can. It's worth it!

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I've received a cadaver donor on July 14th, 1990 and of this year I'll be 28 years post. Sure I've had at least 1 hiccup but it wasn't my kidney it was something else but like I am suppose to I keep in touch with my providers and stay healthy as I can. I fought that mysterious illness and I'm still going so far.

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Congrats LBenedict. That is so awesome. I have had my cadaver transplant for 30 years this July with no rejection episodes etc. I also do not take immunosuppressants anymore either. I have been very fortunate. My concern now is that i had mine when i was 18 yrs old and im afraid maybe only have a few years left with it. Not sure i want to go thru dialysis stuff etc. all over again. Does anyone feel the same?

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Well I wish to let you know that I have had my cadaver transplant when I was 29 years old. My transplant went into rejection immediately but after two weeks of experimental drugs my transplant "kicked" in after two weeks! This was in June, 1978. Thus, I had my cadaver transplant for 40 years! I am now 69 years old, retired, enjoying my time with my wife of 37 years, have a son whose is married and now have a grandson. I am from Canada and looking to see if any one from Canada has a cadaver transplant longer than me. There is a lady from Red Deer, Canada who has her transplant for 45 years but was a living donor. It just been the last year I got curious because I read that the average cadaver transplant is around ten years so I couldn`t believe that I have mine as long as I have. I have corresponded with the Kidney Foundation of Canada, southern Alberta branch but no word yet. It has been amazing adventure and every day I have this transplant is definitely a blessing.

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Yankcg70

I have to ask, how long have you been off of immunosuppressants?

I was under the impression that they would be lowered, but never stopped. I was fortunate to get a 6 out of 6 antigen cadaver match.

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Its has been 4-5 years now. I always thought that too especially with a cadeveric transplant, but after (it will be 30 years next year) 25 years and your body starts experiencing the long term side effects of the drugs, i discussed it with my dr. to slowly reduce or completely get me off them. It was a slow process with only one drug at a time and blood work every few weeks. But it paid off. I think it is important to say, i think it could only work for certain people and you have to be a patient who is accutely aware of his/her body. That way you can catch any sort of rejection issue quicker. I was lucky that i had no issues. You also have to have a physician willing to try and with a game plan. I think as time goes and you have more drs with 25+ year transplant, you will see more of them attempting it especially when you start to see the long term effects of these meds taking hold. And my dr told me that after this long its a good possibilty that the transplant is more you now than the donor. The is a medical term for it but i cant think of what it is. He also talked about there being more people out there who stop the drugs on their own due to financial reasons etc. But i do not recommend that. I wish you luck.

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That's awesome that you were able to stop them. I'm amazed that it's possible. Well wishes for long healthy life.

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That’s really for a living donor transplant, cadaver are more like 8-12 but is different with each person

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I've had mine for 25 this month

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I will be 19 years with my cadaver kidney transplant in October.

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I have mine for 24 years.

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Congratulations! I hope yours will be very successful for another 24 years.

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Thank you! Forty years is phenomenal! I hope you have yours another 40 years.

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