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Kidney transplant may be recommended for patients with kidney failure caused by:
- Severe, uncontrollable high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Diabetes mellitus
- Congenital abnormalities of the kidneys
- Other diseases which cause renal failure, such as autoimmune disease
Donor kidneys are obtained from either brain-dead organ donors, or from living relatives or friends of the recipient.
Review Date 4/2/2019
Updated by: Sovrin M. Shah, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.