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are people with organ transplants at more risk for complications with tapeworms?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Tapeworms: People with organ transplants are usually on a program of medications to prevent organ rejection. This usually increases the risk of complications from many illnesses including tapeworms.
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: They are at higher risk for any type of infection. Bacteria, viruses, fungal or parasitic.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Would like more information on renal transplants?

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Dr. Jared Fialkow
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Transplant: Kidney transplant is the best option for most patients when their kidney function has progessed to end stage renal disease (less than 15% function). This results in improvement in renal function, BP and clinical status. The big drawback is that you are on life long immunosupression.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are some exclusion criteria for transplants?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Depends : This depends on the transplant. For any transplant you have to be deemed healthy enough to live through the operation and to survive for a certain number of years after receiving the organ. For each organ ther are also additional criteria that may exclude one from transplant.
A 21-year-old female asked:

What are some procedures that people who need organ transplants do while they are weighing on an organ?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Depends: For people awaiting a kidney there is dialysis. For hearts there are lvads ( left ventricular assist devices) for those awaiting lungs there is oxygen and sometime ventilators.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is the mechanism by which organ transplants work?

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Dr. David Mulligan
General Surgery 35 years experience
Replace the damage: Organ transplants are performed to replace the lost function of the damaged or failing organs in patients.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Can both genders take organ transplants from each other?

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Dr. David Mulligan
General Surgery 35 years experience
Gender free : Organ transplants are not dependent on gender, rather blood type compatible, size and quality.

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