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A 33-year-old member asked:

is there a health requirement for transplant?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: There is an indepth review of the recipients overall health and functional level. This consists of cardiovascular work-up, pulmonary work-up. A search for any evidence of cancer. Also their previous exposure to infectious agents is checked out. The surgeons want to be as certain as possible that you will live through a surgery and have a meaningful recovery.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Yes: That is a very general question. A transplant team must decide whether a patient is in sufficient health to come through the transplant surgery, tolerate the anti-rejection medications, and learn the required medical responsibilities and follow-up needed for a successful organ transplant.
Dr. Amitabh Gautam
Transplant Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Since all transplants require immmunospression, which can result in a flare up of infection, any current or dormant infection rules out a transplant. Also any cancer can also flare up, so there is a waiting period depending on the type of cancer from a complete cure. Also overall the cardiovascular state of the patient should be enough to tolerate major surgery. Any drug and alcohol abuse is.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is a mini-allo transplant?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Low doses of chemo: Doctors want to capture the anti-tumor effect of the donor's immune cells and they do not need to totally kill all the patient's cancer cells at the time of transplant. These cells will do it over time. Therefore the transplant itself is not as dangerous as a full or standard transplant. However, the serious complications that occur from these same cells causing gvhd are still present.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can I be listed at more than one transplant center?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Yes: You can join the wait list of more than one transplant center. However, only one center will be primary and receive shared organs (called zero mismatch) around the country. In addition, only one center carries your maximum waiting time.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What age is too old for transplant?

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Dr. Andrew N. De la Torre
Transplant Surgery 32 years experience
Usually 70-75: At least for a liver transplant, usually 70-75. More importantly is the absence of other medical conditions. So, if a patient has liver failure without diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, or kidney disease, programs are more likely to consider them for a transplant. I believe this also generally true for other organs as well.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Why isn't an adrenal gland transplant possible? Is it just too hard to do, or it gets rejected?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Both: In patients with addison's disease, the antibodies will attack the new gland so the transplant will not last very long. The gland is also very delicate making it very hard to connect the blood vessels. Also, the treatment for addison's is steroid which will also be needed after a transplant to prevent rejection so there is no need for transplant since the treatment is the same.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What medications would a transplant recipient have to take?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cosme Manzarbeitia
General Surgery 39 years experience
Many: Immunosupressants, preventive meds, and of course, whichever meds he or she was on prior to treat their preexisting medical conditions.

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