Pediatric kidney transplantation part 36

Children

 

Laboratory tests

Most transplant patients have regular blood, urine, or other lab tests. Some things that are tested include:

  • A patient’s white blood cells count, to show any possible infection or side effects from transplant medications 
  • The level of waste products, such as creatinine and blood urea nitrogen in the blood, to show how well a patient’s kidneys and liver are working
  • “Levels”, which is short for how much immunosuppresant medications stays in a patient’s bloodstream and for how long (high levels could be toxic or suppress the immune system too much and low levels may cause a patient to reject the new kidney)
  • Urine analysis and culture to make sure there are no signs of urinary infection and to check for protein in the urine which can be abnormal)
  • The amount of glucose (sugar), or lipids (cholesterol and other fats) in the blood (some transplant medications can made them too high)
  • Signs of any recent  viral infections
  • The level of HLA antibodies in the blood, to check if the body might start to reject the donor kidney

 

 

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