Common indications for kidney transplant include:

  • Advanced renal failure (GFR <20 ml/min)
  • End-stage renal disease (defined as irreversible and permanent renal impairment which requires dialysis to sustain life)

Common indications for pancreas transplant include:

  • Type 1 or type 2 diabetes

Absolute Contraindications

The list of absolute and relative contraindications for kidney or kidney/pancreas transplant is continually evolving as our experience with certain pre-existing conditions and diseases grows.

At present, the only absolute contraindications for kidney or kidney-pancreas transplants appear to be:

  • BMI (Body Mass Index) >40 for kidney transplant
  • BMI>29 for pancreas transplant
  • Active malignancy
  • Active infection

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