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Doctor insights on: How Long Do Most People Wait For An Organ

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For how long do people on the waiting list to recieve an organ/tissue usually wait?

For how long do people on the waiting list to recieve an organ/tissue usually wait?

Varies: It depends on what organ (s) you are talking about and few other factors such as how sick you are and where you are listed. Some organs are allocated based on the severity of the patients' conditions (e.g. liver, heart, lungs) whereas for kidneys, it is based on how long you have been on the wait list. ...Read more

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What are reasons why organ transplant queues are so long?

What are reasons why organ transplant queues are so long?

Availability: Transplant lists are long because the organ is only available after a person dies. So you get the organ if a person does and the organ like a heart lung liver kidney is still healthy. You can donate a kidney and/or part of the liver while you are alive. Humans are living much longer than 100 years ago so we are wearing out our organs. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can high level of bilirubin like 8 damage organ if it os present for a long time. Time like 2 months?

Can high level of bilirubin like 8 damage organ if it os present for a long time. Time like 2 months?

Probably not: A level of 8 indicated serious problem but is not high enough to cause damage to other organs. The underlying disease might though in certain cases, not hepatitis a. ...Read more

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Can people who have aspergers a high functioning form of autism be on the organ wait list?

Can people who have aspergers a high functioning form of autism be on the organ wait list?

It there's need: If a person with asperger's needs an organ such as liver, heart, kidney, etc, s/he can be on the transplant list like anyone else. Transplant teams have established criteria for screening potential patients, though. They want to be sure the person will be able to participate in treatment and take care of themselves & their new organ. Asperger's alone would be unlikely to impair this. ...Read more

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Can long term Morphine use cause organ damage. Especially kidney as have blown up with fluid.

Can long term Morphine use cause organ damage. Especially kidney as have blown up with fluid.

Possibly: There are reports of such damage and you need to discuss this w/ your doctor. It may be possible to catch it before it becomes permanent - I hope that's true. In any case - don't ignore it. See your doctor ASAP. Best! ...Read more

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Long term repercussions of being a living organ donor?

Long term repercussions of being a living organ donor?

Usually none: Once healed from retrieval surgery, usually no change in lifestyle / general health / etc. ...Read more

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How long is my organ donor card good for at the organ bank, do I ever need to renew?

How long is my organ donor card good for at the organ bank, do I ever need to renew?

Forever and YES: As long as your organ donor card is available and there is no evidence to the contrary, your wish to donate will probably be honored. If you have an organ stamp on your drivers license, make sure that you continue to check the organ donor box every time you renew your license. ...Read more

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In hosp for 9 days w multi organ serositis /sle. Out for a month. Still havie prob/pain. Dr suggest to go back up on pred dose. How long does it last?

In hosp for 9 days w multi organ serositis /sle. Out for a month. Still havie prob/pain. Dr suggest to go back up on pred dose. How long does it last?

See below: If you mean the Prednisone dose, it is hard for us to say as we do not have all your lab results, but also we do not know if your doctor is going to add another immunosuppressant medication to your regimen to help come off the prednisone. You need to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of taking 3-6mg robinul (glycopyrrolate) per day for hyperhidrosis? Can this cause organ damage? If so what kind? How much is too much?

What are the long term effects of taking 3-6mg robinul (glycopyrrolate) per day for hyperhidrosis? Can this cause organ damage? If so what kind? How much is too much?

Unkown: Robinul (glycopyrrolate) is an anticholinergic drug so the side effects will include dry mouth, headaches, urinary retention, blurry vision and several others. The maximun dose should be 8 mg per day. There really are no long term effects except that the body adapts to the meds which will require you to keep taking higher doses.
I would suggest a more permanent solution to your hyperhidrosis. ...Read more

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If the doctors can no longer use mesh how will they fix my pelvic organ prolapse?

If the doctors can no longer use mesh how will they fix my pelvic organ prolapse?

Other methods: Some mesh surgery is still available. Some companies have abandoned their mesh products because of the generally unfair negative publicity. Bad outcomes in most mesh surgeries are related to surgeon inexperience and poor patient selection, not an inherently bad product. Long before mesh was available there were and still are non-mesh surgical alternatives using conventional sutures. ...Read more

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How long can an individual who's had a total thyroidectomy go without any thyroid medicine before having organ failure, myxedema coma, etc.?

How long can an individual who's had a total thyroidectomy go without any thyroid medicine before having organ failure, myxedema coma, etc.?

Low thyroid surgery: F of unknown age or medical Hx asks: How long can an individual who's had a total thyroidectomy go without any thyroid medicine before having organ failure, myxedema coma, etc.? ANS: low thyroid is evident by 4-6 weeks. It may take months to develop myxedema and its complications. ...Read more

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If I take immunosuppressants after an organ transplant will my immune system be severely compromised in the long term to the extent where flu kills?

If I take immunosuppressants after an organ transplant will my immune system be severely compromised in the long term to the extent where flu kills?

No, but: It depends on your condition before and after transplant. In general, avoid getting in contact with people with colds/flu and crowded places if you can, wear a mask if you have to, report any fever or illness to your doctors, unlike others you may be put on antibiotics early in the course of fever, you will need some more vaccines such as pneumovax, otherwise you have a normal life, wish you wellnes ...Read more

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How long does it take after a stillbirth for your uterus to become a pelvic organ again?

How long does it take after a stillbirth for your uterus to become a pelvic organ again?

Depends.: Depending on how large the fetal demise was; if term, it could take up to 2-6 weeks for the uterus to return to the maternal pelvis (involution). Earlier losses clearly involute more rapidly. ...Read more

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How long after a 2nd C-section and tube tie do you have to worry about complications? Like blood clots bleeding organ damage etc

How long after a 2nd C-section and tube tie do you have to worry about complications? Like blood clots bleeding organ damage etc

CSection follow up: Great question. Assuming you had no complications and no injury to your bladder or ureters, post operative infection and wound healing problems, generally we use a thirty day window when we screen for things such as postoperative or post anesthesia blood clots. As far as organ damage, given the above caveats, after thirty to sixty days, I would not consider you at any increased risk. ...Read more

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How long can one stay with large uterine fibroids? I have had fibroids for a year now. Afraid to loose my uterus. It is an organ that need to be saved.

How long can one stay with large uterine fibroids? I have had fibroids for a year now. Afraid to loose my uterus. It is an organ that need to be saved.

Kidneys: The main factor when deciding if it's safe to avoid surgery with large fibroids is whether the fibroids are blocking the flow of urine from the kidneys to the bladder. If this is happening, it can cause permanent life-threatening kidney damage. Otherwise, we go by heavy bleeding causing anemia and symptoms. ...Read more

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What evidence exists on short- and long-term negative effects of GHB (street name g) on the central nervous system, heart, liver or other major organ?

What evidence exists on short- and long-term negative effects of GHB (street name g) on the central nervous system, heart, liver or other major organ?

Unknown: Short term sedation including respiratory depression may require intubation, long term effects are unknown since prospective data are needed. But it can be addicting since it will cause a surge of Dopamine the chief chemical involved in addiction. ...Read more

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How long do most people need braces for?

How long do most people need braces for?

Statistics: Despite early responses, The American Association of Orthodontist studies show a national average treatment time of 27 months, bui this varies dramatically based on the case requirements. ...Read more

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After braces are removed, how long is the retainer worn? I know that i'll have to wear a retainer for some time after my braces are removed. How long do most people have to wear a retainer? .

After braces are removed, how long is the retainer worn? I know that i'll have to wear a retainer for some time after my braces are removed. How long do most people have to wear a retainer? .

Our: Our normal protocol is retainer wear for the first year all the time, night time for the second year, and a few nights per week as long as you want the teeth to stay straight---usually forever. ...Read more

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How long do most people survive brain stem glioma, before it kills them?

How long do most people survive brain stem glioma, before it kills them?

Variable: 'brainstem glioma' as a term covers a variety of very different tumors. The classic pediatric 'brainstem glioma' is a diffuse infiltrating high grade tumor of the pons, and it is usually fatal in less than two years from diagnosis. Some children and some adults have focal brainstem tumors, more commonly of the midbrain or medulla, and these may be surgically removable and have a long survival. ...Read more

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How long should I wait between feedings?

How long should I wait between feedings?

When baby asks: Simple answer really... When baby asks. Breastfeeding is supposed to be on demand. On average it should be every 2-3 hours but babies cluster feed at times, especially in the middle of the night (when you breastfeeding hormone peaks). Then it may be every 1-2 hours for a bit. Remember that sometimes baby is just looking to soothe and not feed if they are seeming hungrier more than that. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to get stitches?

How long should I wait to get stitches?

If you need sutures: For a laceration - don't wait. Seek medical attention promptly ...Read more

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How long should I wait for sunblock to soak in?

How long should I wait for sunblock to soak in?

If you use zinc: Based sunscreen you don't have to wait. It is physical block with instant coverage. Avobenzone takes 20 minutes to activate before coverage occurs ...Read more

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How long should I wait to have chalazion to be incised?

At least weeks: Chalazia will often resolve with warm compresses. It it does not after 6 weeks to 3 months, surgical intervention is appropriate. Some practitioners will recommend surgery sooner, or later. ...Read more

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If I have endometriosis, and not treated the longer I wait the more likley I am to be infertel?

If I have endometriosis, and not treated the longer I wait the more likley I am to be infertel?

Probably not: The majority of women with endometriosis do not have fertility issues. However it is possible for endometriosis to lead to infertility. ...Read more