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What are some signs of rejection after a transplant surgery?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Dysfunction of Organ: The major signs and symptoms relate to dysfunction of the transplanted organ. These may be detected in abnormal blood tests such as increased creatinine (kidney), or bilirubin (liver), or blood glucose (pancreas). If rejection is subtle there may be changes only detected on a biopsy of the transplanted organ. Severe rejections may cause fever, chills, lethargy, or swelling and pain in the organ.
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 35 years experience
Organ failure: Fevers. Pain. Organ failure. Jaundice.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What is done to prevent rejection after transplant surgery?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Several things: There are a number of things routinely done to limit the risk of rejection after transplant surgery. The major ones are testing for hla antibodies in the recipient and avoiding organs that express these; crossmatching the actual recipient with donor tissue to be sure they don't react; and using potent immunosuppressive drugs after the transplant to prevent a rejection episode.

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Last updated Jul 19, 2013

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