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Dr. Henry Selke
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Immunosuppression (Overview)

Our immune systems are complex, with defense functions against external threats and internal functions that define us as unique individuals. Therapeutic medications to control diseases of overactivity of the immune system (like lupus) or to prevent rejection of transplanted organs we want to trick the body into considering "self" have consequences caused by unwanted actions on this system.


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What does immunosuppression actually mean?

What does immunosuppression actually mean?

Immunosupression: Propensity for infection, anemia, bleeding. Causing weakness, infections, pain, cardiovascular, pulmonary, intestinal problems etc. Chemotherapy, radiation, cancer can make you immunosupressed. Is complex, but many times we can evaluate, duagnose and treat this. Don't assume bad outcomes, we can help. See a doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Henry Selke
138 doctors shared insights

Immunosuppression (Overview)

Our immune systems are complex, with defense functions against external threats and internal functions that define us as unique individuals. Therapeutic medications to control diseases of overactivity of the immune system (like lupus) or to prevent rejection of transplanted organs we want to trick the body into considering "self" have consequences caused by unwanted actions on this system.


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Can you tell me how is immunosuppression given?

Can you tell me how is immunosuppression given?

Depends: Induction treatments (potent immune suppressing meds given around the time of the transplant surgery) are usually given intravenously and often more than one dose is given. Maintenance immunosuppressants are oral anti-rejection medications that patients need to take daily (usually once or twice a day) to keep one's immune system from rejecting the organ. (e.g. Prograf,CellCept, Prednisone) ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: immunosuppression?

Lowered defenses: Our immune systems are complex, with defense functions against external threats and internal functions that define us as unique individuals. Therapeutic medications to control diseases of overactivity of the immune system (like lupus) or to prevent rejection of transplanted organs we want to trick the body into considering "self" have consequences caused by unwanted actions on this system. ...Read more

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How does radiation cause immunosuppression?

How does radiation cause immunosuppression?

Damaging DNA: Radiation damages DNA. For muscle, bone, or other long-lived cells, the cell may ignore the damage unless it is critical. For cells that are short lived or rapidly-dividing, like immune cells, the cell senses the damage and either commits cell-suicide or stops all its functions. Thus radiation prevents immune cell activation plus the production of new immune cells. Ask your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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How long would someone be on immunosuppression meds after a transplant?

How long would someone be on immunosuppression meds after a transplant?

For the organ's life: The transplanted organ will never change its genetic identity - it will always be made of different dna than you. Your immune system will ultimately recover from the drugs you took, recognize the organ as "foreign" and reject it. Although a very small percentage of people can get away without taking the meds, we cannot predict who. For this reason, you must plan to take them forever. ...Read more

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Does cyclosporin have long term immunosuppression effects? I took this 2/3 years ago for allergies but it did not help much. If so, what can I do?

Does cyclosporin have long term immunosuppression effects? I took this 2/3 years ago for allergies but it did not help much. If so, what can I do?

Cyclosporine: Though not always the case, cyclosporine suppression of the immune system is typically only during usage and a short time after use. The main use for allergies is when someone has hives unresponsive to most other therapies. If you are truly concerned, see an immunologist who can do a basic immune system work up to discover or refute your concerns. ...Read more

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From the knowledge of an educated professional, what are the key differences between immunosuppression and immunodeficiency? How can both be fixed?

Similar terms: These two two terms are frequently used somewhat interchangeably as they mean essentially the same thing: immune system is not working optimally. Immunosuppression is a bit more of a general term referring to the process of decreased immune function while immunodeficiency is more often used when there is a specific disease. Either way, fixing the underlying cause is needed. ...Read more

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How is pregnancy related to immunosuppression?

How is pregnancy related to immunosuppression?

Odd question: The outcome of pregnancy depends completely on superior diet without "junk". A healhy pregnancy does not suppress immunity, but a bad diet definitely will! ...Read more

Dr. Amy Friedman
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Immune Suppression (Definition)

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