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Doctor insights on: Can I Eat Pomegranates If I Have Had A Kidney Transplant

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Dr. Warren Foster
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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Can I eat proteins if I have had a kidney transplant?

Can I eat proteins if I have had a kidney transplant?

Yes: For those with a functioning kidney transplant a regular diet with limited salt and fat is preferred. For diabetics concentrated sugar may also be limited. ...Read more

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Food that I can't eat after kidney transplant?

Grapefruit: You can eat almost anything after a solid organ transplant except grapefruit or grapefruit juice as they can alter absorption and metabolism of the primary immunosuppression medications. ...Read more

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I have had a kidney transplant 14 years ago what are the chances of getting off some anti rejection pills?

I have had a kidney transplant 14 years ago what are the chances of getting off some anti rejection pills?

This is a discussion: You will need to have with your specialist as there are multiple variables which contribute to the necessity to remain on immunosuppressants. ...Read more

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I have had a kidney transplant my allergy doctor want me to take bactrium is this ok.

I have had a kidney transplant my allergy doctor want me to take bactrium is this ok.

Ask your doctor: It is good that you asked your doctor and i'd recommend doing as your doctors recommend. If you are still unsure, you can always get a second opinion or ask other doctors involved in the transplant process. They can communicate with each other and come up with a treatment plan. ...Read more

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What sports can a person play if they have had a kidney transplant?

Anything non-contact: The benefits of sports, physical activity and general exercise are overwhelmingly favorable for everyone, and especially transplant recipients. However, it may be worth reviewing with your physician first if you have had any heart problems, have new diabetes or vascular trouble since the transplant. But, these are all also important reasons to exercise if at all possible! Clear with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can someone have a heart attack after they have had a kidney transplant?

Can someone have a heart attack after they have had a kidney transplant?

CARDIAC CONCERN: Absolutely. Being a transplant recipient does not impact your cardiac risk directly, however many kidney transplants are the result of kidney disease that is linked to cardiovascular disease, which does increase your risk of heart attack. ...Read more

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Sould people that have had a kidney transplant stay away from marijuana? Or is it no big deal to smoke after transplant?

Sould people that have had a kidney transplant stay away from marijuana? Or is it no big deal to smoke after transplant?

Bad idea: Standard answer is that we fear anything foreign going into immunosuppressed lungs because of infection. We also worry about irresponsible behavior - skipping med doses and appointments, etc. However, if that is avoided, occasional use may be reasonable. ...Read more

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I have had a kidney transplant 3 years ago and I suffer with osteoarthritis and I would like to take s -adenosylmethionine as I can't take Nsaids will?

I have had a kidney transplant 3 years ago and I suffer with osteoarthritis and I would like to take s -adenosylmethionine as I can't take Nsaids will?

Ask nephrologist: S-AME is not generally toxic to the kidneys, but you don't give any other medications or information about the nature of your kidney disease. There is a rare condition called Lesch-Nyan syndrome that can be worsened by s-AME. Your kidney physician and your pharmacist should be your primary source of information, and I recommend against depending solely on online sources. ...Read more

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If I have had a kidney transplant will smoking marijuana harm me or the kidney or lifespan of the kidnry?

If I have had a kidney transplant will smoking marijuana harm me or the kidney or lifespan of the kidnry?

Unlikely: Unlikely, but anything is excess is harmful. And the deleterious effects of tobacco abuse increases the risk of every form of cancer in addition to suppressing the immune system. Keep the mj use to a minimum. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone who has had a kidney transplant?

Other med. Problems?: The longevity of a kidney transplant is usually about 10-15 years depending on the source and quality of the donor organ (living donor kidneys tend to last longer). Patient life expectancy generally depends on other medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes, vascular disease or development of cancers. In fact, most recipients will die with a functioning kidney, not because of kidney failure. ...Read more

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I had a kidney transplant 6 months ago and it itches all the time. What could be causing this?

Many things: Go over your medication list and your diet with your transplant team. You may also seek the advice of a dermatologist if there is one particular skin area that itches. ...Read more

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What to do if I need help with a good diet plan for a person whom just had a kidney transplant?

What to do if I need help with a good diet plan for a person whom just had a kidney transplant?

Limit salt and fat: You should eat a well balanced diet with no added salt. Limit the fat intake. If you have good kidney function there should be few limits on fluids and food groups. ...Read more

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I had a kidney transplant 14 years ago. I want to start skydiving on the weekends. Any concerns?

I had a kidney transplant 14 years ago. I want to start skydiving on the weekends. Any concerns?

All depends: Many renal transplant recipients have active lifestyle and transplant itself is not a contraindication to skydiving. If you are 28 years old and has no cardiac issues, I don't see a problem. However, since you have only one functioning kidney, you need to be careful not to sustain trauma that can cause irreversible damage to the allograft. ...Read more

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I had a kidney transplant 3 years ago I will like to know if a can use white kidney beans for my diet?

I had a kidney transplant 3 years ago I will like to know if a can use white kidney beans for my diet?

Cannelloni are high…: In phosphorus, a mineral that should be avoided by those with poor kidney function; often such pts are Rx'd phosphate binding meds to take w/ meals. If your kidney function tests (BUN, creatinine, creatinine clearance, etc) & sugar control are good, U should be able to eat those beans occasionally, but check with your nephrologist (kidney specialist) first to get his/her OK ...Read more

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Had a kidney transplant 6 months ago. Can I go work in a malaria area and what happens if I get malaria? There is medical facilities

Probably not: I would not recommend it as you are most likely on immunosuppression, such as cyclosporine. In addition, since it was only 6 months ago, I would wait. If it was 2-3 years, probably okay. But discuss with your transplant physician. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it okay for a person who has had a kidney transplant in the last 4-5years to own a pet dog?

Yes: Dogs are fine to own. Try to avoid direct contact with the stool and if they get sick don't let them lick you. It is safe to have a dog though. ...Read more

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Which sports should I avoid if I had a kidney transplant?

Very few: I tell my patients tackle football, boxing, and skydiving. Use common sense. If you are fit you should be able to do most any sport. You should be aware there is an organized transplant olympics every few years; you would be shocked to see just how talented and capable many transplant recipients perform. ...Read more

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Can you use steroids if you've had a kidney transplant in the past?

Can you use steroids if you've had a kidney transplant in the past?

Yes: Steroid use could be limited by any allergies or complications from prior use. ...Read more

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My daughter had a kidney transplant 3 yrs ago, now in rejection, Is a 2nd transplant an option?

My daughter had a kidney transplant 3 yrs ago, now in rejection, Is a 2nd transplant an option?

Yes, . ..: Getting a second kidney transplant is an option after failing to "permanently" retaining the first one. However, the contributing factors to decide if she is suitable for a second one should be scrutinized harder than before in terms of her general mental / physical health, other medical co- morbidity, her coping will. So, work closely with the doc to assess the balance between needs & possibility ...Read more

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My Boyfriend is experiencing full body convulsions. He had a kidney transplant about 4 years ago. Wondering if this is a side effect?

My Boyfriend is experiencing full body convulsions. He had a kidney transplant about 4 years ago. Wondering if this is a side effect?

Kidney transplant: Are seizures a side effect of kidney transplant 4 years ago. ANS: no if he is seizing now call 911. If new onset consider kidneys stopped working, brain infections related to immunosuppression or bad high blood pressure-perhaps due to blockage of artery to transplanted kidney. Specialize in this and available for 2nd opinion now. ...Read more

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I had a kidney transplant 4 weeks ago. My creatine post transplant was 0.5. Since then it has steadily risen to 1.0. Is this a sign of rejection?

Kid TRANSPLANT FX: You received a single adult kidney and single kidneys provide 50 percent of the creatinine clearance that two healthy kidneys provide. In a 56 yo person a normal serum creatinine value would be 0.9-1.1, depending upon muscle mass. Your earlier creatinine value reflected hyper-hydration, which is usual post-transplant from IV fluids. The rise of creatinine to 1.0 is equilibration, not rejection. ...Read more

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I've had a kidney transplant for 7yrs, my creatnin usually runs at 1.8-1.9 I just recently did labs it was 2.1 how long will it take to get back dwn?

Kidney transplant: The question to ask is why it has gone up. Need to discuss with your nephrologist. It can be anything from a lab variation, different lab, dehydration, progression of medicorenal disease, obstruction. ...Read more

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Got a tattoo had a kidney transplant 4 years ago was it okay to get one?

Got a tattoo had a kidney transplant 4 years ago was it okay to get one?

Get which?: Tattoo or transplant?
Since both are in past tense, it's probably a bit late to ask the question?
Now, assuming you're on immunosuppressant (s) for the transplant, the only risk for tattoo is getting an infection like hepatitis C which your body may not handle as well.
If you're asking if it's ok to have gotten kidney transplant - I presume it was urgently needed given the type of procedure it is ...Read more

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What sports should I avoid playing if I recently had a kidney transplant?

Contact sports: Avoid all contact sports like foot ball etc
caution and common sense to avoid trauma near the transplanted kidney. ...Read more

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I had a kidney transplant 3 years ago is it ok for me to take gnc mass xxx supplement?

NO you must: Check with your transplantation surgeon, will advise you what to eat and how much to eat. You have the gift of life don't loose it again. So called these food supplements has also has chemicals that can damage the kidneys and do not have FDA approvals, for what claim in their sales pitch. Keep your kidney going by taking care of it. ...Read more

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I've had a kidney transplant in the year 2005, I've been on tacrolimus since 2008. Can you please tell me the major side effects of the drug?

I've had a kidney transplant in the year 2005, I've been on tacrolimus since 2008. Can you please tell me the major side effects of the drug?

Adverse effects: Some side effects include headache, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, rash, metabolic abnormalities, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, low red or white blood cell count, liver and kidney problems, infection, diabetes mellitus, and weakness. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Kidney Transplant (Definition)

Kidneys anatomically require connection to an artery for blood supply, a vein for blood drainage and the bladder for urine outflow. In a transplant a healthy kidney is disconnected from its usual attachments and moved to a new location with those 3 requirements (artery, vein, bladder). This may be an auto-txp - somewhere else in your own body; or an allo-txp -from ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more