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Does donor family pay for a heart transplant or a liver transplant?

Does donor family pay for a heart transplant or a liver transplant?

No: The organ recipient needs proper medical insurance coverage for a transplant to take place. In certain cases such as a mother giving part of her liver to her child, she may carry the pertinent insurance. No deceased donors are required to pay for the recipient medical procedures. Conceivably, a wealthy donor family could volunteer to contribute, but that would be most unusual. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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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Who is eligible for organ transplants?

Depends: Eligibility and allocation varies by organs. For example, kidneys are allocated based on waiting time whereas liver, heart, lungs are allocated based on how sick the patient is. In general, active infections, recent history of cancers, and multi-organ failures might make a patient ineligible. ...Read more

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Can patient with fsgs and aiha undergo kidney transplant ? Whether the patient should go for live donor or cadaver transplant ? What r success rate?

Fsgs recurs but,: Fsgs is okay to transplant whether live donor or not! however, recurrence, is possible. Fsgs returns in about one third of the transplanted kidneys i.e. Every 3 persons with kidney failure due to fsgs who get transplant, one of them will see fsgs affecting his transplant. The disease may take years to appear however. So, possible recurrence is not a reason to not transplant persons with fsgs. ...Read more

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Why would a patient with kidney disease resort to kidney transplant?

Why would a patient with kidney disease resort to kidney transplant?

Longer life: If a patient is in kidney failure they have few options. One is dialysis and the other is transplant. If you compare longterm outcomes of both options, on average people with transplants live longer. Also most patients state their quality of life is better after transplant than while on dialysis. Transplant does have it's own set of problems that patients must deal with however. ...Read more

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Liver transplant success rate . Alternate for liver to avoid transplantion?

Liver transplant success rate . Alternate for liver to avoid transplantion?

No alternate. :(: When a liver is diseased enough to require transplantation nothing else will prolong the long-term life. The success rate depends on how sick the patient is, what the quality of the organ is and how the transplant goes. Overall survival rate is 80 -85% in the first year. ...Read more

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Kidney function at 18% ---- will i need dialysis or transplant?

Kidney function at 18% ----  will i need dialysis or transplant?

Quite possibly: Best to discuss with a nephrologist. You are close to a world class kidney dialysis & transplant center at maine medical center in portland. Long term prognosis is best with a transplant rather than dialysis. ...Read more

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Renal transplant waiting list time?

Can be years: There are about 90, 000 americans waiting for a kidney transplant and about 10, 000 deceased donor kidneys available each year. Therefore, kidneys are offered based on formulas that primarily consider length of time waiting, tissue type and ABO blood type, sensitization, distance from center, and < age 18. ...Read more

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Who are candidates for kidney dialysis?

Who are candidates for kidney dialysis?

Failing kidneys...: Having failing kidneys - most commonly from diabetes and/or high blood pressure - is the admission 'requirement' for most dialysis patients. But remember that dialysis can give you only a fraction of normal kidney function! transplant, especially a living donor transplant from a relative, will likely give you the best chance to return to as normal a life as would be possible. Lindagromkomd.Com. ...Read more

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Copd + renal failure not a candidate for dialysis?

Copd + renal failure not a candidate for dialysis?

Depends...: It depends on the severity of the copd. If the patient is on COPD medications and has relatively mild symptoms and/or is well-controlled, then dialysis can be given. It will likely need to be hemodialysis as a pulmonary patient is not likely to tolerate peritoneal dialysis. For an individual case, a kidney specialist will determine if the patient will tolerate dialysis treatment. ...Read more

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Who are best candidates for kidney transplant?

Renal failure alone: Anyone with permanent renal failure that has the mental and physical capacity to adhere to the medical regimen required to keep the kidney functioning. There are some excluding factors such as severe cardiovascular disease, prior cancers or infections, other progressive diseases that are not resolved, or psychological limitations. The best candidates would be those without other diseases. ...Read more

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What do you advise for heart transplant anti rejection meds= kidney disease /failure?

What do you advise for heart transplant anti rejection meds= kidney disease /failure?

Transplant: Heart transplant management is a very specialized area and specific recommendations to a particular patient are necessary. The patient should be followed by the transplant team who knows the details of the specific patient. Making blanket recommendations in a place like this isn't a good idea ...Read more

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Is it possible for a chronic kidney stage 5 patient to prolong dialysis and kidney transplant by just specialised medication and strict diet?

Yes: Yes; an appropriate (but relatively strict) diet would have to be adhered to as recommended by your nephrologist. Exercise and hydration are equally important. Stage v renal disease, however is near " end-stage" and will likely progress into renal failure at some time. Peritoneal dialysis is an extremely appropriate, and oftentimes under used/recommended option, especially for younger patients l. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a kidney transplant patient to donate blood?

Is it safe for a kidney transplant patient to donate blood?

No.: The reason is primarily that recipients take immunosuppressive drugs that are in the blood, and would be transferred with the donated blood which is not safe. In addition, many kidney recipients have some anemia that would preclude donation. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for a kidney failure and transplant?

History is important: Kidney disease in family or chronic disease like diabetes and hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and obesity for the person in question are risk factors. Things to do to decrease your risk is to control chronic disease, avoid smoking and avoid obesity. ...Read more

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Signed up for phlebotomy classes. Would patient care technician or dialysis be better?

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Signed up for phlebotomy classes. Would patient care technician or dialysis be better?

Up to you: It all depends on where your interests lie and what you like to do best. The only person who can really answer your question for you is you. ...Read more

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Is it reasonable to have second autologous stem cell transplant for myeloma?

Is it reasonable to have second autologous stem cell transplant for myeloma?

Yes: This is a very difficult question today because every situation with myeloma is different. We do not double transplant all myeloma patients like we have done in the past. It is sometimes reasonable if the first was previously successful and donor cells remain. We now have so many treatments for myeloma that sometimes we do an allogeneic transplant or treat with other drugs (velcade, carfilzomab. ...Read more

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Who needs heart and lung transplants?

Who needs heart and lung transplants?

Heart/Lung Fail: Those who meet the criteria for heart and lung transplants. Cardiopulmonary failure, cardiac or pulmonary failure. ...Read more

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Does having pulmonary hypertension make you ineligible for a liver transplant?

Does having pulmonary hypertension make you ineligible for a liver transplant?

It may.: Risks created by pulmonary hypertension can be so great that the liver transplant wouldn't be successful. It depends also on what is causing the pulmonary hypertension. Is it the liver disease or some other problem? How severe is the pulmonary hypertension? Have medications reduced the pulmonary pressures? All these are important questions that influence the risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Nephrology And Dialysis (Definition)

Nephrology is the study of the kidney: its structure, its function, and its diseases. The kidney is an incredibly complex organ that participates in a large number of essential bodily functions. Nephrologists are fellowship trained after completing an internal medicine residency, and they are experts in non-surgical treatment of the ...Read more


Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more