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Kidney Transplantation

Key Points about Kidney Transplants in Children

  • A kidney transplant is surgery to place a healthy kidney from another person into someone with severe kidney problems.
  • Transplanted organs can come from deceased or living donors — and you could be a match.
  • You and your child will work with a comprehensive kidney transplant team before, during and after the process which will include evaluations, diagnostic tests and a period of waiting for the right match.
  • Living with a transplant is a lifelong process. Antirejection medicine (immunosuppressants) must be taken for the rest of your child’s life.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Kidney Transplants

What is a kidney transplant?

Why is a kidney transplant recommended?

Where do transplanted organs come from?

Waiting for a Kidney Transplant

What is the transplant waiting list?

How is my child placed on the waiting list for a new kidney?

How long will it take to get a new kidney?

How are we notified when a kidney is available?

Kidney Transplant Surgery

What is involved in kidney transplant surgery?

What does postoperative care for kidney transplant involve?

What is rejection?

What are the symptoms of rejection?

What is done to prevent rejection?

What about infection?

What is the long-term outlook for a child after a kidney transplant?

Meet the Kidney Transplantation Providers

Departments that Offer Kidney Transplantation

Provider examining young patient

Bone Health Program

Orthopaedists at Children's National offer world-renowned expertise and life-changing care, including surgery, for children at high risk for bone fracture.

Female Provider with Stethoscope, Listening to a Boy's Heart.

Kidney Transplantation

The Kidney Transplantation Program is the only one of its kind in the Washington, D.C., area focused on the needs of children and teens with kidney disease. Additionally, it is the region's only Medicare-approved center for kidney transplants in children and teens.

Children's National nephrologist Asha Moudgil, M.D., listens to the heart of a little girl.


Learn how our highly skilled pediatric nephrology team works across divisions to manage the full range of kidney diseases in children, including dialysis and kidney transplantation.