Types of Pediatric Kidney Transplant

The kidneys filter and remove waste from the blood. When a child's kidney works poorly, a kidney transplant may be an option.

They're the most common type of organ transplant. Kidney transplants in children make up about 5% of all kidney transplants done each year.

Our team will do a few tests to see if a kidney transplant is right for your child.

To learn more, call the kidney transplant team at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at 412-692-5182.

Types of Kidney Transplants

There are two main types of kidney transplants:

  • Deceased-donor.
  • Living-donor.

Deceased-donor kidney transplants

A deceased-donor kidney transplant is the most common type.

When an organ donor dies, they may donate their kidneys to people on the transplant waiting list. People on the waiting list most often receive one kidney but sometimes will get two.

Children in need of a kidney have priority on the transplant waiting list.

Most kids can receive an adult kidney.

Living-donor kidney transplants

Did you know most people can live normal lives with just one healthy kidney? That means a person with two healthy kidneys can donate one to someone in need.

Living kidney donors must be at least 18 years old and can be a:

  • Parent or family member.
  • Friend or neighbor.
  • Stranger looking to help a child in need.

Become a living organ donor.

Kidney exchange program

When no friend or family member is a match for your child, a kidney exchange program can be another option.

In a kidney exchange, one donor "swaps" their kidney with another person whose kidney is compatible for their loved one.

Learn More About Children's Kidney Transplants

From our HealthBeat blog

From outside sources

Contact the Kidney Transplant Program at UPMC Children's

If you have questions or concerns about your child's kidney disease or transplant, call our team at 412-692-5182.