Delayed graft function

Learn about delayed graft function and the risk of it happening after a simultaneous pancreas and kidney (SPK) transplant

Key points

  • Delayed graft function is when your kidney transplant doesn’t start working straight away
  • It is very common, affecting 20-60 in 100 kidneys transplanted from deceased donors
  • The risk of delayed graft function is lower from kidneys donated by a living donor
  • The majority of transplanted kidneys do eventually start to work, but it might take a few days or a few weeks

Answers to common delayed graft function questions

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Medical terms explained


Antibodies are proteins made by your immune system to recognise and fight foreign substances, such as bacteria or viruses or tissues from other people.


A biopsy is when a small piece of tissue is taken for analysis. 


This is a waste product that is removed by the kidneys. High levels can indicate that your kidney isn’t working as well as it should be.


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