After transplantation, your child’s immune system will not recognize the new kidney and may try to attack or reject it. That’s why it is important to get a kidney that matches your child’s immune system as closely as possible. Your child will also take immunosuppressant medicine to help prevent rejection. We personalize their immunosuppression strategy based on their specific needs. Our goal is to keep the transplanted kidney working for a long time.
Signs of rejection can include fever, decreased urine output, and weight gain, but your child may not show any symptoms at all. They will undergo a kidney biopsy about six months after transplant as well as regular blood work to test for rejection. Rejection can be treated successfully if problems can be addressed promptly -- usually with steroids and an increased dose of immunosuppressants.