Before a kidney transplant, your child will have an evaluation by the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program team at Cincinnati Children’s.

The evaluation will give team members information about your child’s overall health so they can better prepare for the kidney transplant.

The first step in your child’s transplant evaluation is tissue typing. This is a blood test that will tell us if anyone is a good match for your child.  Your child and any potential living donors will need to have this test done. 

Tissue typing from your child and any potential living donor gives us information about their:

  • ABO type (blood type)
  • HLA type (antigen matching)
  • Crossmatch (whether there are antibodies that would increase the risk of rejection)