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Heart Transplant And Single Ventricle
Hopefully not: 350-400 pediatric heart transplants procedures occur worldwide annually. The number of children who have failing cardiac function late after palliative surgery for congenital heart disease is increasing. An example is "failed fontan" - the usual repair for a single ventricle.One of the most common indications for infant heart transplantation is hypoplastic left heart - a single ventricle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Complex subject.....: Single ventricle generally means that there is only one ventricle instead of the usual two (one left and one right). Thus, the single ventricle has to do the work of two (pumping blood to the lungs and to the rest of the body). This condition almost always requires surgery. Types of single ventricle include hypoplastic left heart syndrome, double outlet right vent, tricuspid atresia, among others. ...Read more
To a degree: Interesting question. The various body parts and organs are dependent on the blood flow or cardiac output from the heart. Depending upon the degree they were compromised with the old/damaged heart, they will be rejuvenated by the new heart. Most of the old heart is removed, so that there is little to 'mend.'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone gets a heart transplant, is it true that they can develop the old heart-owner's characteristics?
No but:: Certain food allergies have been transferred from donor to recipient (e.g. Peanut allergy). This is thought to be due to cells responsible for the allergic reaction (mast cells) being transplanted as passenger cells along with the transplanted organ. But on the whole, no. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Wrong ? to ask: With such a severe shortage of organs, there will always be many deserving patients for each organ. It's impossible to only choose the best candidate for each transplant. Fairness is built into the system by having transparency, an openly agreed upon set of policies that are strictly followed and are often revised, and requiring each txp center to define their own rules. This is done through unos. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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