MD Learning Channel - Transplant
Overview of Kidney Transplantation Program
The UAB transplant program's primary goal is help patients get transplanted as quickly as possible. Through our expanded programs, patients are offered several transplant options such as living-donor kidney transplant, paired-kidney exchange, and incompatible kidney and desensitization.
Paired Exchange Program & Desensitization
Not every program in the country offers incompatitble transplantation leaving a large disenfranchised patient population. Jayme Locke, MD, explains that these highly-sensitized patients can benefit from UAB's incompatible kidney transplant program.
Solutions to Donor-Recipient Incompatibility
About 35% of patients that come forward with living donors will be found to be blood-group incompatible, and another 11% are found to be tissue-incompatible with their potential living donor. Transplant surgeon, Jayme Locke MD, discusses solutions such as desensitation for this large patient population.
The Incompatible Program: How it works
Blood-group compatibility and histocompatibility must be determined prior to transplant. With a positive cross-match precluding transplantation, transplant nephrologist, Vineeta Kumar MD, explains how these matches are determined and how technology can be used to rectify this incompatible transplant.