During the Pre-Transplant Evaluation

You will spend most of the day on the sixth floor at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Carlos and Marguerite Mason Transplant Center at Children’s at Egleston. Your child will have some routine tests that may include:

  • A routine medical exam
    • This includes your child’s height and weight, family history of long-term diseases, and any surgery your child had in the past. Bring the following items with you:
      • A written record of your child’s medical history—have it ready before you come to the pre-transplant evaluation to share with the doctors
      • Your child’s medicines and a medicine list
      • A list of questions you have about your child’s kidney transplant or evaluation
    • Blood tests that check your child’s:
      • Blood type—this test checks your child’s blood to see if it is type A, B, AB or O
      • Blood chemistries, such as BUN, creatinine, sodium and potassium
      • Blood counts, such as red and white blood cell counts
      • Blood for viruses, such as Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and BK
  • Other lab tests
    • Other lab tests may be done as needed
    • Radiology and imaging tests
    • Chest X-ray: This test checks your child’s lungs.
    • Ultrasound with Doppler exam: This test checks for blood flow through the major blood vessels. It is often done before and after a kidney transplant.
    • Heart function tests
      • Echocardiogram: This test may be done if your child has a history of heart disease. It checks your child’s heart.
    • Surgery
    • Kidney biopsy: This test checks the kidney tissue itself. A needle is placed through the skin to take a sample of the kidney. The kidney tissue sample goes to a lab for testing.
  • Other evaluations may include:
    • Other doctors: Your child may see other doctors such as a urologist (a doctor who cares for disorders of the urinary system) or cardiologist (heart doctor) who help your child’s doctor coordinate his care.
    • A psychosocial evaluation: Your family will talk to a social worker and psychologist to make sure you all learn about the emotional aspects of a kidney transplant.
    • Dietitian: You and your child will meet with the dietitian. The dietitian will help you choose the best foods for your child to eat.

        Note: Your child may not require all of these tests. The transplant team will decide which tests your child needs.