Kidney Transplant

About Kidney Disease and Transplantation

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UT Southwestern Medical Center is ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for general nephrology and the treatment of chronic kidney diseases, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2019–20.

Advanced kidney disease – which can eventually cause the kidneys to fail – can result from chronic conditions such as diabetic nephropathy, glomerulonephritis, atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, immunoglobulin A nephropathy, nephrotic syndrome, polycystic kidney disease, and renal vascular disease.

People of African-American, Hispanic, and American-Indian origin are at significantly higher risk of developing advanced kidney disease than people of other races.

People with kidney disease might experience high blood pressure; frequent, difficult, or painful urination; swelling of the hands and feet and puffiness around the eyes; blood or protein in the urine; and abnormal results of kidney-function testing.

The goal of kidney transplantation is to both prolong and improve quality of life.