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UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh performed its first pediatric kidney transplant in 1964. Since then, Children's transplant teams have performed the surgery on hundreds children and young adults. The program's objective is to restore health and wellness to children suffering from end-stage renal disease.
Children's Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program, managed by the pediatric nephrology department in cooperation with a surgical team, is one of the few programs in the world that uses FK506 (also known as Prograf and Tacrolimus) as its primary immunosuppressive agent. Using FK506 has enabled the program to achieve long term patient and graft survival rates that are among the best in the world.
We also have found that FK506 provides a better quality of life for transplant recipients. For instance, children on FK are routinely taken off steroid medications after the first 6-8 months of transplant. Avoiding long term steroid use prevents side effects such as stunted growth, hirsutism (facial and body hair) and gum enlargement.
Children's Hospital's program also includes living-related kidney transplantation and liver/kidney transplantation. Children's also performed the world's first living-related pediatric kidney/bone marrow transplant.
Children's Pediatric Kidney Transplantation Program is led by:
Christina Nguyen, MD
Abhinav Humar, MD
To make a referral for kidney transplantation, please contact Drs. Nguyen, Humar, or one of the program's clinical transplant coordinators at 412-648-3200.
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh:
Learn more about the kidney transplants at the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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