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Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC, takes great pride in being the home to the only pediatric transplant program in western North Carolina. We understand the great responsibility we have to our patients and do all we can to ensure you have the best possible experience and outcomes. The Pediatric Transplant team is a multidisciplinary team made up of dedicated transplant surgeons and physicians, certified clinical pediatric transplant coordinators, specialty nurses, dietitians, social workers, pediatric anesthesiologists, child life specialists, and pediatric intensive care staff. Together, they provide comprehensive diagnosis and medical, non-surgical and surgical management for infants, children and adolescents undergoing a kidney transplant.

Renal (Kidney) Transplant Program

 When a person’s kidneys stop working, they have two treatment options: dialysis or kidney transplantation. A kidney transplant is an operation during which the transplant surgeon replaces a child’s kidney with a new kidney, so that the blood can continue to be cleaned and the excess fluids and waste products eliminated from his or her body.

Very often, transplantation is the treatment parents choose for their child, however, there are certain conditions that may not be effectively treated with transplantation. There may also be other reasons why a child may not be a candidate for a kidney transplant. If you have questions, ask your child’s physician.

Our transplant team evaluates each patient to determine the best treatment options. The team then discusses the treatment options with the family to will determine if transplant is right for a child. An evaluation will be conducted by a certified clinical transplant coordinator and a registered dietitian. Other testing will be ordered based on your child’s medical history. Additionally, a social worker will conduct a psychosocial evaluation of your child.

Once the decision is made to have a transplant, you will review possible kidney donors. Are there any family members who might be a suitable match? Do you know someone unrelated to you who is able to donate? Do you need the local organ donor network to look for a kidney?

Common Conditions that Might Require a Kidney Transplant

Most common conditions associated with end-stage renal disease that require kidney transplant include:

  • Congenital renal anomalies, such as obstructive uropathies (posterior urethral valves and Eagle-Barrett Syndrome)
  • Renal Hypoplasia or Dysplasia
  • Cystic Kidney Disease
  • Inherited Conditions
  • Glomerular Diseases such as Membranoproliferative Glomerulonephritis, IgA Nephropathy and other Immune-Mediated States
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Autoimmune Conditions such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Vasculitic Conditions such as Wegener's Granulomatosis

Why Choose Levine Children’s Hospital's Pediatric Transplant Program?

  • Levine Children’s Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive children's hospital between DC and Atlanta.
  • Levine Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Children's Hospital" in the nation for pediatric care in the treatment of kidney disorders.
  • One-on-one transplant coordinator and medical social worker evaluations are conducted.
  • Our pediatric transplant services are approved by Medicare and United Network for Organ Sharing.
  • Child life specialists collaborate with medical staff and multidisciplinary teams to develop comprehensive plans for psychological programming consistent with each child's chronic medical condition.
  • The Pediatric Transplant Program participates in the Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative and the Transplantation Breakthrough Collaborative.