Renal Donor Evaluation Protocol

Please note that the following protocol for living kidney donor is for informational purposes only. If you have a patient you'd like considered for a living donor kidney transplant, please contact the Kidney Transplant office at 215-590-3912 for more information.

Each potential donor must undergo:

  • ABO blood type confirmation
  • Tissue typing and crossmatch with potential recipient
  • Physical examination, including blood pressure, pulse and weight
  • Urinalysis with microscopy
  • Urine for culture and sensitivity
  • Gynecological examination with Pap smear for all females
  • Mammogram for all females over 35
  • PSA for males over 45 

If the results of the above tests are normal, please do the following:

  • 24-hour urine for creatinine clearance and protein (perform twice), with serum levels obtained
  • Fasting glucose and two hours post-prandial
  • Blood work to include the following:
    • Comprehensive metabolic panel (must include Na, K, Cl, BUN,
      creatinine, glucose, Ca, total protein, Mg and P)
    • Liver Function Screen (ALT, AST, total bilirubin, direct bilirubin,
      Alk phos, LDH, albumin and GGT)
    • Complete blood count with platelet count and differential
    • PT/PTT
    • RPR
    • HBsAg, HBCoreAb, HBsAb
    • HCV
    • EBV
    • CMV Titer
    • HIV
  • EKG
  • PPD
  • CXR
  • KUB

Once test results are complete, please send a copy via fax to:

JoAnn Palmer, MSN, CRNP
Sonya Lopez, MSN, CRNP
Renal Transplant Coordinators
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Fax: 215-590-9317

After these results have been reviewed, a history and physical examination with a nephrologist, renal ultrasound and renal angiogram will be performed at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.