Kidney transplantation is a must for many patients suffering from chronic renal diseases. After all, being dependent on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis is time-consuming, not to mention that patients using it live shorter than others who got a kidney transplant.
Cross-kidney transplant, known also as a kidney paired transplant or kidney paired donation, is a promising alternative for patients who need kidney transplantation but their donors turn up to be not suitable as a result of crossmatch testing. Instead of long search for a new donor, patients and their unmatched donors may apply as a couple to one of cross-kidney transplant programs and in quite short time find a suitable match.
Kidney failure and other kidney issues are more common than we think. That’s because most of the kidney disease symptoms remain unnoticed until it is sometimes too late to do something and a kidney transplant surgery is deemed necessary. Moreover, many people do not have a clear idea of what is kidney failure and what causes kidney failure and other types of kidney disease. This article aims at shedding some light upon kidney disorders and hopefully, increasing the awareness surrounding kidney issues.
Crossmatch testing or crossmatching are the terms often used in connection with a kidney transplant. Still, many people wonder what is it and what is the importance of the crossmatch test for kidney transplant. This article will attempt to shed some light on this issue.
What is Kidney Transplant?
Kidney transplantation is performed by replacing a healthy kidney inside the body when kidney failure occurs and kidneys become unable to respond to dialysis. Kidney transplant operation allows kidney recipients to stop having dialysis treatment, to have less fluid and diet restrictions and to enjoy a better quality of life.