Living Kidney Donor Screening Process
Kidney donation from a living donor provides some major benefits for individuals with kidney failure. Among these benefits include better outcomes, a shorter wait time to transplant, and less time on dialysis.
A living kidney donor is usually between ages 18 to 65 and in excellent health. Donors over age 65 are considered on a case by case basis. Due to new transplant options such as kidney paired donation, living donors are more important than ever to the transplant process. Even if a donor isn’t compatible with his/her recipient, the donation of one’s kidney can help your intended recipient receive a living donor transplant.
Interested in Being a Living Kidney Donor?
California Pacific Medical Center's Kidney Team works closely with individuals interested in living donation. If you want to donate to someone who is listed for kidney transplant at California Pacific Medical Center, follow these steps (also shown in illustration below):
- Call our Living Donor Team for a Screening Questionnaire: Any potential donors should call 415-600-1700 to complete a screening questionnaire. Our team member will ask about the donor’s general medical history and inquire about conditions that may rule one out as a kidney donor. Our nurse coordinator will review the screening questionnaire. If you are an acceptable donor and the recipient is an acceptable candidate, we will schedule a donor evaluation in San Francisco.
- Undergo 2-Day Donor Evaluation at California Pacific Medical Center: Next, the Kidney Team schedules a full medical work-up at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco. If multiple donors are interested in donating to one recipient, our team will help decide which donor should proceed first to the medical work-up. This work-up includes a medical exam, psychosocial consultation, chest x-ray, EKG (heart test), routine blood and urine tests and blood compatibility testing. Any other tests required on a patient-by-patient basis will also be arranged. If a donor lives out of state, the medical work-up may be completed by a recognized transplant center locally.
Blood Compatibility Work-Up: At the medical work-up, a potential donor will have blood drawn for two levels of compatibility testing: ABO blood typing and crossmatch testing. In addition, HLA (genetic) testing will be completed.
- Medical Team Determines Compatibility With Recipient: Following blood tests and the medical work-up, the Kidney Team will notify you whether you are an appropriate living donor candidate. If testing determines you are a qualified, compatible donor to your recipient, we will do a final CT scan and arrange a transplant date. If you and your intended recipient are incompatible, the Kidney Team will offer to add your names to our Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) listing. This list helps find sets of donor/recipient pairs who can “swap” kidneys. This enables you to donate to another recipient while ensuring that your recipient also receives a living donor transplant.
About California Pacific Medical Center
California Pacific Medical Center, part of the Sutter Health Opens new window network, offers kidney, pancreas, liver and heart transplantation as part of our Barry S. Levin, MD Department of Transplant.
Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Program
California Pacific Medical Center
2340 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Outreach locations available throughout Northern California and in Reno.