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A 38-year-old member asked:

how soon do you know if a kidney has been rejected by the body?

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Dr. Barry Browne
General Surgery 35 years experience
Immediately: A rejected organ can cause pain, swelling, fever, and a drop in urine output. Early in the rejection process, there are no symptoms which is why lifelong supervison by transplant doctors is required to optimize graft survival.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
No absolute time: Not all grafts are rejected and lost. If the kidney function deteriorates the best way to tell if it is being rejected is to biopsy the graft and look the kidney tissue under the microscope. Most acute rejection episodes occur the first three months after the transplant, but they could occur at any time; especially if the anti-rejeciton medications are interrupted for any reason.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Does a kidney failing affect more organs in the body?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Yes: Yes.
A 26-year-old member asked:

What are some of the symptoms if my body starts rejecting the new kidney?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
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Local pain may occur: However the symptoms are those for kidney failure e.g. Swelling, decreased urine output, and high blood pressure. Rejection is much less likely if all transplant meds are taken with no skipping.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What effects can losing a kidney have on the body-can it cause fatigue, or affect the immune system?

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Dr. Anthony Cusano
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Single kidney: Loss of one kidney should have no effect on bodily functions. You can live a normal life with one kidney. The one exception would be of you had faling kidneys. In that situation every bit of healthy kidney tissue is needed to maintain kidney functions, so loss of an entire kidney could have a significant consequence. Fatigue and even immune dysfunction could occur with more severe kidney failure.
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A 30-year-old male asked:

Rt kidney is not working in the body lt kidney is working 100% is it any problem for health?

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Dr. Kalish Kedia
Urology 53 years experience
Yes: You need to see a urologist to have evaluations to find out why your right kidney is not working. It could be a serious problem.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What do you suggest if my sister's kidney has come loose from her body. what would cause this, and what are the treatment options?

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Dr. Michael Michaels
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Restate: If you expect an answer you need to ask it differently. Kidneys don'"come loose from the body".What are you talking about?

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