Pediatric Kidney Donation at Medical City Dallas
The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Program at Medical City Dallas is certified as an approved transplant program by the United Network for Organ Sharing(UNOS) since 1998. Our team includes nephrologists, transplant surgeons, psychologist, nurses, dietician, social workers, financial coordinators, child life specialists and administrative staff.
Our specialists are well trained in the recognition and management of the unique problems of young patients battling advanced renal disease, and work closely with the patient’s referring physician to ensure continuity of care and a successful post-transplant recovery.
How Does a Child Qualify to be a Transplant Candidate?
Each potential candidate is evaluated on an individual basis, and undergoes an extensive series of tests to determine if transplantation is the most appropriate treatment option. Children considered for a kidney transplant must receive clearance from all appropriate medical consultants and meet the following criteria:
- Age 2 to 18
- Have irreversible End Stage Renal Disease (ERSD)
- Weigh at least 25 pounds
- Have up-to-date immunizations
- Be compliant with all medical regimens
Who Pays for the Transplant Evaluation and Surgery?
Most private health insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid cover pediatric kidney transplantation, if the patient meets the criteria. Our financial coordinator and social worker are available to help you through each step of the process.
What is the Evaluation Process?
After submitting the Application for Pediatric Transplant, patients will undergo an extensive series of tests, consultations and evaluations to determine if transplant is the appropriate treatment option.
During the initial visit, the patient and their family will meet the team of specialists to discuss their individual treatment plan. Patients typically undergo the following pre-transplant medical tests:
- Blood and urine tests
- Chest X-ray, EKG
- Cardiac evaluation— Echocardiogram/EKG
- Abdominal sonogram and bladder study (VCUG)
- Social work and financial consultation
- Urology evaluation
- Dental and eye exams
- Pap smear— for girls age 16 and older
The entire transplant team will review his/her current immunization records and the transplant evaluation results to decide if the patent is a candidate for a kidney transplant. Once approved, the patient’s name will be placed on the national UNOS transplant waiting list.
Transplant Referral Process
Our nurse coordinators and staff are dedicated to gently guiding patients and families through the pre and post-transplant process.
Please contact Medical City’s Transplant Center at (972) 566-7199 or (800) 348-4318. You can also download the pediatric kidney transplant application.