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  • Rhode Island Hospital Living Donor Transplant Program Kidney Donor Guide

  • Other Tests Before Surgery

  • The donor should leave the first appointment with the nephrologist with a complete list of the remaining tests, detailed instructions and a schedule to complete them.

    The following tests will need to be completed:

    • Two 24-hour urine collections for creatinine clearance and protein. The first should be completed as soon as possible and the second may be completed at any time during the process as long as it is at least 4 days after the first collection. The donor must bring the urine collection to the lab the morning the collection is completed. At that time, blood will also be drawn.
    • A serologies blood test that is completed by both donor and recipient. Certain communicable diseases may be transmitted from donor to recipient by way of the kidney. The blood is tested for hepatitis B&C, HIV, syphilis, cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).
    • A renal ultrasound, a procedure that the transplant secretary will schedule.
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    • A chest x-ray, a study which may be completed at any time. The secretary will provide a requisition slip and the candidate may go to the x-ray department, located on the second floor of Rhode Island Hospital. Donors may register on the second floor of the APC building before proceeding to the x-ray department. Once at the x-ray department the x-ray is completed on a first come, first served basis.
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    • An electrocardiogram, which may be completed at any time. The secretary will complete a requisition slip and the donor may proceed to the heart station, located on the third floor of the APC Building. This study is completed on a first come, first served basis.
      Electrocardiology at Rhode Island Hospital
    • A PAP smear, which is a required test for all woman of childbearing age. If this test has been completed within the past year, please obtain a copy of the results from your physician and forward it to the transplant office.
    • A mammogram, which is a required test for all women over the age of 35. If you have had this study within the past year, please obtain a copy from your physician and forward it to the transplant office. If this study has not been completed within the past year, please make arrangements to have it completed as soon as possible and forward a copy to the transplant office.
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    Next step: Appointment with nephrologist