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A 43-year-old member asked:

Could use your help docs! a friend has a condition called 'addison's disease' which is a fault with his adrenal glands. if i'm a match, would it be possible to donate?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Not a treatment: Addisons is treated with supplementation of the under-produced hormones. Transplantation and the complex series of medications needed to prevent rejection would be more trouble than the simple treatment now available.Nice thought, but not realistic.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What to do if my friend has a condition called 'addison's disease' which is a fault with his adrenal glands. If im a match, would it be possible to donate?

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Dr. Paul Kaplowitz
Pediatric Endocrinology 45 years experience
Not possible: Addison's disease is effectively treated with hormone replacement (a glucocorticoid hormone and a mineralocorticoid hormone). No one has tried an adrenal transplant for this because taking the medication is not difficult and transplants of any type are expensive and risky.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my friend has a condition called 'addison's disease' which is a fault with his adrenal glands. if I'm a match, would it be possible to donate?

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Dr. Thomas Knecht
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No : Hi. Addison's disease is not ever treated with organ transplant. It is very easily treated with medication and education about how to manage severe illness/stress. It's kind of you to think of donating an organ to help, but you get to keep your adrenals! You CAN, however, be listed as an organ donor on your driver's license in case you're killed. That's a nice thing to do for someone.
A 48-year-old member asked:

My friend has a condition called 'addison's disease' which is a fault with his adrenal glands. If I'm a match, can I donate?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Not transplantable: You're so nice to offer a transplant, but Addison's isn't amenable to transplant therapy. Actually, it's quite easily managed provided the patient is compliant. Jack Kennedy had it while president. Best wishes.

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