To refer a patient to Duke for kidney and pancreas transplant, complete the following referral form and fax it to 919-668-3897.
Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Referral Form (PDF, 37 KB)
Please call 800-249-5864 and select option 2 or 919-613-7777 and select option 2, with any questions or if there is additional information we can provide to facilitate the referral process.
When potential recipients are referred they are given an appointment for a basic initial evaluation.
This evaluation includes:
The initial blood testing includes tests to identify a patient's blood type and antigens. This is how we identify if a donor is a match for the recipient.
Many patients require additional medical and psychological testing that may include, but is not limited to, evaluation by a transplant surgeon, urologic evaluation, cardiac evaluation, stress testing or possibly a cardiac catheterization, psychiatric evaluation, pulmonary testing or vascular evaluation of blood supply to legs and the brain.
Also, patients who may have problems with hepatitis C are seen by a liver specialist in order for them to make an informed consent regarding their future care.
Additional factors considered during the evaluation are the recipient's follow-up with evaluation appointments and adherence to medical plans of care. We often have to rely on the local dialysis treatment doctors and nurses for some of this information.
During the evaluation process we inquire about possible living donors. Once a recipient passes the initial testing, we may do blood testing on potential living donors. This is the first step for the donor evaluation and tells us only whether donors are blood type compatible and whether they share any antigens.
Donors do not need to be blood relatives of the recipient. In fact, Duke has a thriving altruistic (non-directed) donation program. And, because of our Paired Exchange Program, recipients and donors do not have to have matching blood types or be immunologically matched to participate. We encourage anyone who is interested to contact us.
Living donors need to initiate this process by calling the transplant office. The information on how closely they match to the recipient is shared with the donor, who can then share it with the recipient, if they choose.
We do not proceed any further with the donor evaluation until we have completely cleared the recipient as a transplant candidate. Donors must wish to undergo the evaluation.
The donor evaluation involves the following tests:
Depending on the findings in the initial testing some of these tests may be repeated or others added to evaluate possible medical problems discovered. At any point in this process the potential donor may decide not to continue, or the medical staff may tell the donor that donation of a kidney would not be in their best medical interest.