India’s First Rare Paediatric Kidney Transplant

medantaA child gets a kidney transplant across the blood group barrier

Medanta – The Medicity, Gurgaon: Kidney transplantation is considered an optimal therapy for all children with end stage renal disease with there is better longevity, quality of life and cost-effectiveness in comparison to long-term maintenance dialysis. Due to a severe shortage of suitable cadaveric donors, most paediatric patients receive a kidney from their living relatives. “If an appropriate living related donor is not available, a child may have to wait for a considerable period of time for a cadaveric donor. In such circumstances, blood group ABO incompatibility was regarded as a major obstacle in screening potential living donors”, said Dr Vijay Kher, Chairman, Nephrology, Medanta – The Medicity.

A 12-year-old boy presented to Medanta with kidney failure, was started on haemodialysis. The options of renal transplantation were discussed. The blood group of the patient was B+, and no family member had the compatible blood group, despite an extensive search for 6 months. The patient’s mother had blood group AB+. Even though the mother had a different blood group, the child received renal transplant with mother as the donor, with a designed desensitization and immunosuppressive protocol. This is the first time in India that a child has got a kidney transplant across the blood group barrier. “The child underwent a kidney transplant in Medanta, and is currently completely normal, and leading a normal school life” said Dr Sidharth Sethi, Consultant, Paediatric Nephrology, Medanta – The Medicity.

This is to emphasize to the general public and doctors that ABO incompatibility does not always mean loss of hope for children with end stage renal disease.

About Medanta Institute of Kidney & Urology

Medanta Institute of Kidney and Urology is a unique resource for those with the diseases of the urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder and prostate gland. As the major tertiary care centre, our goal is to deliver the highest level patient care, consistent with the Medanta – The Medicity philosophy of ‘Patient-First’. We are proud to offer some of the region’s finest experts covering every major urology and nephrology speciality.

At Medanta Kidney and Urology Institute we provide patient oriented management of cancers and benign urological diseases by integrating and leveraging our combined expertise. The Institute works as a cohesive team with interdisciplinary interactions between urologists, nephrologists, medical and radiation oncologists.

Medanta Institute of Kidney and Urology is one of the premier centres in the world using minimally invasive surgical techniques including the state-of-the-art Da Vinci robotic surgery to correct prostate, bladder and kidney problems. The Medanta Institute of Kidney and Urology provides cutting edge care in all areas of nephrology with round the clock delivery of care for dialysis, transplant and chronic kidney disease.

About Medanta – The Medicity

Medanta – The Medicity is one of India’s largest multi-super specialty institutes located in Gurgaon.. Founded by eminent cardiac surgeon, Dr. Naresh Trehan, the group has been envisioned with the aim of bringing to India the highest standards of medical care along with clinical research, education and training. Medanta is governed under the guiding principles of providing medical services to patients with care, compassion, commitment.

Medanta – The Medicity brings together an outstanding pool of doctors, scientists and clinical researchers. Spread across 43 acres, the institute includes a research center, medical and nursing school. It has 1250 beds and over 350 critical care beds with 45 operation theatres catering to over 20 specialties. The Indore facility is equipped 160 beds and the hospital at Ranchi has 200 beds.