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A 42-year-old member asked:

do people with transplanted organ need immunosuppressive drugs forever?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Cheng
Transplant Surgery 35 years experience
Yes: The chance of developing acute rejection decreases over time after an organ transplant, so often the dosage and number of immunosuppressive drugs needed can be lowered. For almost all patients, however, the need for immunosuppressive meds remains the rest of their lives following organ transplants.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
In General, Yes: However, identical twins (same placenta) don't since they do not reject organs and tissues. In addition, there may be a few recipients with a sluggish immune system that don't appear to reject their transplanted organ. We call this tolerance, and it is a very hot area of research. The doses of is drugs usually can be decreased over time, and some recipients actually take very little.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What can I expect after an organ transplanted?

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Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Depends : It depends on the organ but everyone will have some level of pain. You will be on medication for the rest of your life to prevent rejection. You will be at a higher risk for infection and certain types of cancers. You will still have to see your doctor on a regular basis. Each organ transplanted has its own unique expected recovery.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Why people with transplanted organ need immunosuppressive drugs?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Ralph Layman
Transplant Surgery 20 years experience
Rejection: Your immune system sees any transplant as a foreign object. It treats the cells of the transplant just like bacteria cells it works to destroy them. This would cause the transplant to be destroyed or rejected. The immunosuppression runs down the volume of the immune system so it cannot kill off the transplant so easily.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Why does the immune system reject a transplanted organ?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
Allergy and Immunology 49 years experience
Identical difficult: One of the functions of the immune system is recognize "self" from "non-self". Although as close a match between donor and recipient is attempted except for identical twins a "perfect" match is almost a mathematical impossibility. Therefore there are one to multiple immunologic differences that stimulate an immune response or regection.
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A 64-year-old male asked:

Can we use bifilac in renal transplanted patients.?

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Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Well....: First, this is not a LIVE probiotic if it is a dried capsule. The consensus of benefit is only on LIVE culture. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24912386 Vitamin C may cause kidney stones. It is probably helpful in maintaining grafts (in transit, NOT after they are inside someone) but hasnt been shown to do much otherwise http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25599738

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