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How long has prograf been around for transplant patients?

How long has prograf been around for transplant patients?

Widely since 1994: Prograf or tacrolimus or fk-506 is a 23-membered macrolide lactone discovered in 1984 from the fermentation broth of a japanese soil sample that contained the bacteria streptomyces tsukubaensis. It was approved by the fda as an immunosuppressant for liver transplanation in 1994 and is now approved for all solid organ transplants. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Layman
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Organ Donation (Definition)

Organ donation requires surgical techniques that preserve the blood vessels and vital structures (e.g., ureter-kidney, bile duct - liver) and keeps the cells of the organ happy enough to function after blood flow is stopped and the transplant conducted. A living person may choose to gift an organ (or piece of an organ) through such an operation. A deceased person may gift multiple ...Read more


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How long does a transplanted liver last in recipients?

How long does a transplanted liver last in recipients?

Several variables: It can vary based on the cause of liver failure, source of the liver, and the condition of the recipient at the time of transplant. Overall about 70% of grafts are functioning at 5 years and 50% are functioning at 10 years after the trasplant. ...Read more

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If soneone has kidney failure how long will they live on average, with no transplant?

If soneone has kidney failure how long will they live on average, with no transplant?

Need more Info: Life expectancy with end stage renal disease (kidney failure) would be impacted by other systemic diseases (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.) and age at the time of diagnosis. There have been people leaving 20 years or more on dialysis. ...Read more

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How much time has aids been around?

How much time has aids been around?

Roughly 40 yrs.: since the early 80's in the US ...Read more

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My mum has just been diagnosed stage 4 kidney failure she also has been told she can't have transplant as has heart failure how long can u live dialys?

My mum has just been diagnosed stage 4 kidney failure she also has been told she can't have transplant  as has heart failure how long can u live dialys?

Depends on heart: It depend on general health and associated health conditions especially heart disease. Heart failure by itself doesn't prevent someone from getting kidney transplant. I guess she was evaluated in a transplant center and being followed by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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How long has the chickenpox vaccine been around for?

How long has the chickenpox vaccine been around for?

1995: It became available in the usa that year but was licensed in japan and korea 7 years before. ...Read more

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Will I be told about the organ donor before my liver transplant?

Will I be told about the organ donor before my liver transplant?

Yes: You have the right to know any pertinent medical information about your potential donor. Of you are not told you should ask and you always have the right to refuse an organ without losing your place on the list. ...Read more

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How long after death are organs still ok for donation?

How long after death are organs still ok for donation?

Depends on the organ: Hearts can last just a few hours usually less than 4 is ideal. Pancreas transplants should be done within 12. Livers within 24 and kidneys can last up to 48. Now that said most centers transplant them much faster than that. The faster an organ is transplanted the better it works. Organs that have been on ice for a prolonged time have a higher rate of not working or not working well. ...Read more

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My sister has metastasis in the bone from the lung and has just had her hip replaced. How long does she have?

My sister has metastasis in the bone from the lung and has just had her hip replaced. How long does she have?

Lung cancer : Non small cell lung cancer with bone metastasis is an incurable disease. The average median survival nowadays with the modern chemotherapy based on patients tumor molecular profile is 12-15 months. Chances of making 2 years around 20% and 5 year survival is less than 5%. ...Read more

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My partner has just found out that he has the start of multiple myeloma how long does someone live that has just been diagnosed with myeloma thanks.

My partner has just found out that he has the start of multiple myeloma how long does someone live that has just been diagnosed with myeloma thanks.

Depends: A lot longer than they used to. It depends on the stage. The average patient with stage i disease lives over 5 years--and some much longer. Even the more advanced cases two years or more and treatments are getting better. ...Read more

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My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

My brother had a liver transplant at age of 4 he is now 14 he had acute liver failure his donor was a living donor how long should his new liver last?

Too many variables: ...which can be explored in further depth. However, HealthTap doctors are asked to defer answering questions posed by individuals under 16. Sorry we can't be of more help. ...Read more

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Hi. My father has been diagnosed with stomach cancer, 1/3 of stomach has been affected. What stage it is and how long I can expect he will be alive?

Hi. My father has been diagnosed with stomach cancer, 1/3 of stomach has been affected. What stage it is and how long I can expect he will be alive?

Can tell: With out more info re: lymph node status, local spread and metastasis. You need to see a gastroenterologist and oncologist ASAP. EVERY PATIENT IS DIFFERENT so no one can put a time table on one's life ...Read more

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How long does it take to be back on shape, After bring diagnoised with Bones Tuberculosis. My friend's father is 68 and has been sick for longtime.

How long does it take to be back on shape, After bring diagnoised with Bones Tuberculosis. My friend's father is 68 and has been sick for longtime.

Bone TB: TB of the bone is a very serious disease, and must be carefully evaluated and treated for a period of time necessary to control the disease. Have your friends father check with his doctor re: any questions. ...Read more

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I i've been on dialysis for 12 yrs and i developed bone disease years before being on dialysis. Is it possible that my bone disease got worse?

I i've been on dialysis for 12 yrs and i developed bone disease years before being on dialysis. Is it possible that my bone disease got worse?

Quite possible: There is mineral and bone disease in people who have chronic kidney disease and end stage kidney disease requiring dialysis. Maintaining calcium, phosphorus and parathyroid hormone levels are extremely important for bone health. Even otherwise there are other reasons as to why the bones may get involved in dialysis patients. ...Read more

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How does the average person live after having a liver transplantation?

Half working 10 yrs: There are many factors that affect the longevity after a liver transplant including the recipient age and health of other organ systems such as the heart and blood vessels, diabetes, other cancers, etc. About half of the livers transplanted are working at 10 years. ...Read more

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If my uncle is dying of kidney failure, how long can he live on dialyses?

If my uncle is dying of kidney failure, how long can he live on dialyses?

More than 20 years: Aperson with kidney failure who does not have other coexisting conditions like diabetes, hupertension.Cardiac disease can live a normal life on dialysis under strict medical care, you can live like people without kidney failure but if you have other coexisting conditions than it may be different, one can die from complications of these diseases, like heart attack , stroke, etc. ...Read more

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If a person has chirrosis of the liver how long could they live without a transplant?

Depends: Cirrhosis is an end stage result of liver disease caused by a number of things(alcohol, autoimmune, virus)in later stages one may experience yellowing of skin(jaundice), itching, easy bruising and in the final stages confusion. One can live quit a long time with cirrhosis as long as they avoid anything that may further harm the liver. Any of the above noted symptoms often mean months to weeks left. ...Read more