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Dr. Corey Clay
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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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I recently found out I have genital herpes but I also have kidney failure. What can I expect?

I recently found out I have genital herpes but I also have kidney failure. What can I expect?

Unrelated: The kidney failure is unrelated and needs assessment. If your kidney function is more than 60% not you likely are ok. If less, given your age, it needs evaluation. The genital herpes is unrelated, but treatment doses will need to be adjusted for degree of kidney function to avoid kidney injury from the meds. ...Read more

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A guy I know had a kidney transplant when he was younger & we talked about dating but then he told me he got warts & herpes as a side affect frm meds?

A guy I know had a kidney transplant when he was younger & we talked about dating but then he told me he got warts & herpes as a side affect frm meds?

Organ Transplants: Because immunosuppressive therapy inhibits the immune system, many patients develop infections while undergoing treatment for organ transplants. These conditions are usually treatable with medications and include fungal, viral, bacterial infections, and skin cancer. ...Read more

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Can a kidney transplant patient have sex with someone with herpes?

Can a kidney transplant patient have sex with someone with herpes?

Use a condom: If you do not have the herpes virus already I would be very cautious. I would definately abstain during acute outbreaks and wear a condom at other times. Remember any hing that can make a person sick will make a transplant patient more sick. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has IgA kidney disease, can he take acyclovir for genital herpes? If so what mg?

My boyfriend has IgA kidney disease, can he take acyclovir for genital herpes? If so what mg?

He needs a physician: Acyclovir can cause renal damage. As your boyfriend already has kidney disease, the dose of Acyclovir needs to be based on his renal function. Most importantly; does he really need it? Under any circumstances, this kind of problem can't be addressed here any further. ...Read more

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Enlarged lymph nodes in groin and sore lower back every so often. Is this genital herpes symptoms?

Enlarged lymph nodes in groin and sore lower back every so often. Is this genital herpes symptoms?

Probably not herpes: Recrurrent genital herpes doesn't cause enlarged lymph nodes. This happens from herpes only once, during the intitial infection, and in that case there would be painful blisters or sores. And herpes doesn't cause lower back pain. You'll need to look elsewhere for the cause of these symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could be the cause of enlarged lymph nodes before and during the time of my period? Recurring with sore lower back. Genital herpes?

What could be the cause of enlarged lymph nodes before and during the time of my period? Recurring with sore lower back. Genital herpes?

Probably not herpes: Herpes rarely if ever causes lymph node inflammation without an obvious outbreak of genital area blisters, sores, etc. Even then, lymph node involvement is rare in recurrent herpes, only during the first infection. Finally, genital herpes doesn't cause back pain, and rarely recurs as often once a month -- usually no more often than every 2-3 months. Discuss w/ your doctor if the problem continues. ...Read more

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Thank you for your time from Cen. Florida. My wife is a type 1 Diabetic on dialysis w/ genital herpes. Can she get a kidney and pancreas transplant?

Thank you for your time from Cen. Florida. My wife is a type 1 Diabetic on dialysis w/ genital herpes. Can she get a kidney and pancreas transplant?

TRANSPLANT CRITERIA: TRANSPLANT CRITERIA HSV2 is not a contraindication to transplant. If she gets it she will likely need long term prophylactic therapy with famvir or valtrex (valacyclovir). You also should be screened to check your HSV2&1 status ...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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When a finger (s) with mid scab wound is exposed to genital herpes and the wound heals before GH can manifest does finger artist become 1of 90%?

When a finger (s) with mid scab wound is exposed to genital herpes and the wound heals before GH can manifest does finger artist become 1of 90%?

Not usually: Genital Herpes has a predilection for the genitals and does not manifest itself on a finger. So unless you touched the finger to your genitals or mouth, it should not effect your finger. ...Read more

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Kidney transplant failed can I get another?

Yes: More than 90% of renal transplant recipients whose kidney fails years after transplant will get resisted for a re-transplant. However, the waiting time for these patients are no different than people waiting for their first kidney transplant. ...Read more

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How many years does a kidney transplant last?

How many years does a kidney transplant last?

Depends on source: It depends on the donor source and ages of the donor and recipient. About 90% of all kidney recipients are alive with a functioning graft at 1 year. Approximately 55% of living kidney recipients and 40% of deceased donor kidney recipients are alive with a functioning graft at 10 years. Some kidneys have lasted over 30 years. ...Read more

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Food that I can't eat after kidney transplant?

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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Is there anyone who cannot get a kidney transplant?

Unreliable patients: For every kidney txp performed, either a live donor's life was put on the line (for the operation), or another pt on the waiting list will die because the organ was given to this pt. So, it is only fair to perform txps for pts who are expected to survive at least several yrs and will actively care for themselves. Too sick, or out of condition, or uncaring, or unreliable pts must be told no. ...Read more

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How many people are waiting for a kidney transplant?

How many people are waiting for a kidney transplant?

Over 90, 000: Currently in the United States about 93, 000 candidates are waiting for a kidney transplant. There are about 17, 000 performed annually. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery time from a kidney transplant?

Kidney + pt matter: All kidneys + all recipients are not equal. The underlying condition of the patient, + the quality of the kidney (does it work right away or is dialysis needed before it starts working?) play key roles in determining the recovery time. In the best circumstance, with a live donor kidney (these almost always work immediately) + a strong patient, return to non-physical work may be possible in 4-6 wks. ...Read more

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Can a kidney transplant reject after 12 years im so scared?

Can a kidney transplant reject after 12 years im so scared?

Yes: Chronic rejection occurs. Biopsy of the transplanted kidney may be necessary to diagnose. Let your care team know of any concerning symptoms now so that adjustments to your management plan can be made as soon as possible ...Read more

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How many people are waiting for a kidney transplant in washington, dc?

How many people are waiting for a kidney transplant in washington, dc?

Check: With the unos web site to get the exact figures, as they vary from month to month. ...Read more

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How can a foreigner get a non-related kidney transplant done in the us, or canada?

How can a foreigner get a non-related kidney transplant done in the us, or canada?

Unlikely: Many logistical issues make it difficulty. Unless you have a health insurance in the U.S., the cost of transplant surgery will be prohibitively high and most tx programs will not accept you. For deceased donor kidney transplants, one has to wait just like U.S. nationals (ave. 5 yrs) and they need to be able to get to the transplant center in ...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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How long is a kidney transplant operation?

How long is a kidney transplant operation?

Usually 3-6 hrs: Factors determining the length include the technical issues, the anesthesia care (going to sleep + waking up), + equipment issues (example is changing a blown out light bulb - surgeons have to be able to see what they are doing!). A kidney txp requires 3 connections - artery, vein + ureter. If the pt is obese, has arterial disease, prior txps, or the kidney has unusual anatomy, it may take longer. ...Read more

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After a kidney transplant I can't get an erection?

After a kidney transplant I can't get an erection?

IMPOTENCY: Often timed the disease that caused end stage renal state effects the flow and erectile function. There are many viable options for treatment ...Read more

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Can an elderly person live through a kidney transplant?

Senior transplant: Depends not so much on chronologic age, but rather physiologic age and overall performance status/co-morbidities. ...Read more

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Do you know kidney transplant patients who have had children?

Yes: There are a number of successful pregnancies after kidney transplant in the us every year. It is regarded as a high risk pregnancy, and require care coordination of you transplant team and the obstetricians. ...Read more

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What about liposuction and butt lifts after a kidney transplant?

What about liposuction and butt lifts after a kidney transplant?

Surgery after xplant: This issue must be discussed in depth with your surgeon. The risks and benefits of undergoing elective procedures must be considered ...Read more

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What is the drug of choice for kidney transplant patient for colds?

Colds: Traditional cold are usually viruses. There is no medication that will treat the cold. You just need to treat you symptoms to make you comfortable until you body can fight off your cold. You should get your flu shot every year. Wash you hands often for prevention. ...Read more

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Can an adult actually recieve a kidney transplant from a infant kidney?

Can an adult actually recieve a kidney transplant from a infant kidney?

2 small kidneys: Transplantation of very small kidneys is challenging because of the small blood vessels in which the blood flow may become blocked (from blood clots) and because they may not have enough function to support a large adult. If the recipient is carefully selected and understands these risks, it may be highly appropriate to use both kidneys together (en bloc), which optimizes both of these factors. ...Read more

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Kidney transplant alternates i.E. Is this possible to make artificial kidney?

Kidney transplant alternates i.E. Is this possible to make artificial kidney?

Not yet.: Unfortunately, it's not possible right now. Although tissue engineering techniques have advanced significantly in the past few years, a non-immunogenic, tissue-engineered kidney is still a long ways off. A dialysis machine can be thought of as a type of artificial kidney, and we know that it functions inadequately when compared to the real organ: either the native organ or a transplanted one. ...Read more

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What different types of counseling are available for my family for a kidney transplant?

Many Available: Each transplant center should have a specialized social worker or psychologist that works with transplant patients and families. You should first ask them who would be best to respond to family related questions or counseling needs. If for some reason there are no local support staff, you should contact an alternative transplant center. ...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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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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How many times can genital herpes be spread?

How many times can genital herpes be spread?

Often: Every time a person with active herpetic genital lesions has sex with someone who has not previously encountered this organism it can be spread. There is also evidence that persons without active lesions who shed the virus in the vaginal secretions can also spread the virus. The virus, once you get it, is with you for life and can be spread every time you have sex with a new partner. ...Read more

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Could genital herpes sores change over time?

Could genital herpes sores change over time?

Yes: Genital herpes sores can change over time, generally lessening in severity of symptoms, area of involvement, and rapidity of improvement with each outbreak. ...Read more

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Can genital herpes show up 5-6 months later?

Yes: Genital herpes can first make it's presence know even years later. The virus hides in the spinal nerves and can come out in response to various triggers such as weakening of the immune system, physical trauma, stress, food triggers and many others. ...Read more

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How can I help my genital herpes heal faster?

How can I help my genital herpes heal faster?

Genital herpes: Genital herpes infections stand the best chance of healing quickest with oral antiviral medications such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) or acyclovir. In general, symptoms can remain for 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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What will help relieve genital herpes symptoms?

What will help relieve genital herpes symptoms?

Antivirals: Valacyclovir (/valtrex) commonly prescribed to either address flares or for regular use to prevent flare ups. Topical numbing meds help some, even though sores have some nerve-pain ties. Should discuss your situation with your dr who can advise you best for your situation. ...Read more

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Can women even have symptoms of genital herpes?

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Yes: Women can have the same blistering lesions that men have on their genitalia. ...Read more

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Type 1 genital herpes. How can I manage the pain?

Type 1 genital herpes. How can I manage the pain?

Several ways: Lyrica, (pregabalin) Neurontin and amytriptaline have been successfully used. Using high dose Cymbalta 60mg a day may also work. ...Read more

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Can I feel it when my genital herpes sores break?

You might not: Be aware when a herpetic blister ruptures. ...Read more

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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