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    scanthis posted:
    My baby boy was born with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Desease, he is 4 months old now. He had 1 kidney removed already at 2 months old (left kidney). Has the (right kidney) left but it is also affected badly and will eventually have to come out also. The good thing is that it will have to come out most likely a couple of weeks or 1 month before the transplant which helps as a baby on 24/7 dialisis for a long time most likely never makes it. The question is: I have smoked marijuana quite a bit during the past 5-7 years of my life. I wish to give my son one of my kidneys so he can have a chance at life. Now, does me smoking my marijuana affect the chances of me being a kidney donor for him? does it neutralize any chance of that happening? does it not matter? Another crucial question: Will i be able to smoke marijuana after i donate my kidney? that's if i'm able to. If i am able to smoke my weed after. Will that have any negative effects on me since i will only have 1 kidney? John i know you are very very knowledgable. You response is appreciated. Thank you
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    MrsCora01 responded:
    I can't answer the marijuana issue as I have no experience, but I know that my center required that my cousin quit smoking before the donation. She was very serious and quit in order to do it. I know that she has subsequently started smoking again against their orders, but I don't know how that's affecting her. I think that you need to think about keeping yourself in the best help possible for your child and I suspect that not using drugs and smoking is an important part of that. Taking care of yourself is one of the best gifts (in addition to a kidney of course) that you can give to your child. Cora
     
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    John-SKPT responded:
    I can't answer all of that. The physical concern would not be that the smoke was marijuana but that it was smoke at all. This raises the odds of cancer and lung problems, and that affects the oxygenation of blood. There is a big physical and psychological evaluation for donors, and it usually happens to recipients too, but in this case, you will get both parts since the child is not yet able to be responsible for medications, lab visits, follow up visits to the doctors, things like that. So I cannot guess how that would turn out. I do know some smokers who quit before transplant and picked up the habit again years later. It's not always tragic but it does shorten the life of the person with one kidney (in this case both of you), and even second hand smoke raises the cancer risk for immunosuppressed patients. And cancer of various sorts if one of the biggest risks to otherwise successful transplants.) So you can make what you want of that but the real decisions will be made by the doctors on the case and based on your past medical history. Good luck.


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