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Is sepsis common with people that have organ transplants?

Is sepsis common with people that have organ transplants?

No: Sepsis meaning infection in the blood can occur in any surgical patient; and certainly immunosuppressed transplant recipients, but it is not common. It can derive from tubes, drains, IV sites, the lungs, or other infected organs, etc. It is reported in 1-5% of transplant patients. ...Read more

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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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Which symptoms are most common for people who have just gone through kidney transplant?

Which symptoms are most common for people who have just gone through kidney transplant?

Elation/ happiness: The only unit in a hospital with happier people is the maternity ward. All kidding aside, increased urination and some post-operative pain is what you'll see. Complications include acute rejection, electrolyte disturbance, infections. ...Read more

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Have you ever first hand seen organ "tissue death" that makes organs fail what caused this is this rare or common?

Have you ever first hand seen organ "tissue death" that makes organs fail what caused this is this rare or common?

All the time.: Body parts wear out, especially if you don't take care of them. I've seen organs fail because of arterial blockages (heart, kidney), viral infections (liver, heart again), inflammatory conditions - usually auto-immune (pancreas, brain, kidney, lungs), alcohol / drugs (pancreas, liver, brain, heart), and other causes. Common or rare depends on your perspective. Most people don't live in a hospital ...Read more

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Is mycoplasma pneumoniae a relatively common infection that many people are infected with at some time in life?

Is mycoplasma pneumoniae a relatively common infection that many people are infected with at some time in life?

Yes: Mycoplasma pneumoniae is a relatively common infection, in fact almost 0.5% of americans are diagnosed with it annually. It tends to affect people in the first 4 decades of their life. ...Read more

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People with no spleens cannot fight infection well. Is this accurate?

People with no spleens cannot fight infection well. Is this accurate?

This is true. : The spleen is actually an important part of the immune system. Infections with certain bacteria are more difficult treat in the absence of a spleen. ...Read more

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What could be reason that patients are with weak hearts are in the first place unsuitable as are candidates are for a heart transplant?

What could be reason that patients are with weak hearts are in the first place unsuitable as are candidates are for a heart transplant?

Heart transplant: Many factors figure into suitability for heart transplant. The first is the heart has to be bad enough that transplant is the best therapeutic choice. The patient has then to fulfill a variety of criteria including physical and psychological characteristics. Look at: http://www.Mytransplantlife.Com/. ...Read more

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Is chlamydia pneumoniae a relatively common infection that many people are infected with at some time in life?

Is chlamydia pneumoniae a relatively common infection that many people are infected with at some time in life?

Yes: Chlamydia pneumoniae is also relatively common infection. 50% of adults have evidence of past infection by the time they are 20. ...Read more

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Indicate why people infected with HIV most often die of another infection, such as pneumonia.?

Indicate why people infected with HIV most often die of another infection, such as pneumonia.?

Immune system: Hiv infects cells in the immune system, which makes it hard for the body to fight off infections. Hiv causes aids. Common bacteria, yeast, parasites, and viruses that may not cause serious disease in people with healthy immune systems can cause fatal illnesses in people with aids. ...Read more

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Why do some people who are considered healthy, have massive heart attacks with no warning or symptoms? Is this very common?

Why do some people who are considered healthy, have massive heart attacks with no warning or symptoms? Is this very common?

Heart Attacks: Heart attacks are uncommon in young men and women age less than 40 to 45 years. Younger patients with this tend to have a family history of it. Cigarettes are the most common associated risk factor. Other risk factors for young people are cocaine use, Factor V Leiden deficiency and oral contraceptives. Obesity and diabetes are less common but still contribute to risk for heart attacks. ...Read more

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People with Lyme donate blood and organs without knowledge of their condition or misdiagnosis. Ist this going to be a huge transmission epidemic?

People with Lyme donate blood and organs without knowledge of their condition or misdiagnosis.  Ist this going to be a huge transmission epidemic?

Probably yes!: Good question. No one knows how common lyme is; experts estimate there are at least 10 times as many cases as officially reported, which could mean 300, 000 new cases a year. Many of these people are not diagnosed and some undoubtedly donate blood. Donated blood is not screened for lyme, so receiving donated blood definitely places someone at risk of getting lyme disease! ...Read more

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Why is intestinal pseudo-obstruction common in patients with lupus?

Why is intestinal pseudo-obstruction common in patients with lupus?

Can occur, not c'mon: Systemic lupus is a disease that can affect blood vessels, nerves, connective tissue any place in the body. It can be a slowly progressive disease one lives with for many years, to a devastating disease that can aggressively ravage the kidneys, heart, nervous system, joints, lungs...That can shorten ones life to months. If nerves/muscles in the intestine are affected, pseudo-obst may occur, rarely. ...Read more

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Is it true that fecal transplants have had over 94% success rate in curing C. difficile infections? Could fecal transplant be requested for other intestinal issues?

Is it true that fecal transplants have had over 94% success rate in curing C. difficile infections? Could fecal transplant be requested for other intestinal issues?

Fecal transplants: Fecal transplants have been very successful in curing c. Difficile infection where antibiotics have failed. I am not aware of any other bowel diseases that this has been used to treat. C difficil is the result of both good and bad bacteria being killed usually by antibiotics allowing the c diff bacteria to proliferate. By transplanting normal bacteria back into the bowel it restores the balance. ...Read more

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Is it true elderly people can live longer with cancer ?

Is it true elderly people can live longer with cancer ?

No: It depends on several factors: what type of cancer, sites of disease, the health of the patient, and symptoms of the cancer. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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This is only a general question. If an elderly pt has "kidney failure" & sepsis does the kidney failure generally make much of a difference to survivablity?

This is only a general question. If an elderly pt has "kidney failure" & sepsis does the kidney failure generally make much of a difference to survivablity?

Kidney failure: Kidney failure complicates treatment of other serious illnesses. The extra metabolic demands created during serious illness can also make recovery more difficult in the face of organ failure. Experienced physicians should be able to manage this to some degree for the best possible outcome. ...Read more

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What are the risks for kidney donors during a transplant? Can it be fatal?

What are the risks for kidney donors during a transplant? Can it be fatal?

Overall none : There can be some post operative complications sometimes, though not concerning and are related to surgery itself. Over all survival is same in the long term with some increase in bp, more often in black patients. Black and hispanic patients can develop more chronic kidney disease. 1 in 3500 donation is fatal. ...Read more

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Is sepsis common with people that have organ transplants?

No: Sepsis meaning infection in the blood can occur in any surgical patient; and certainly immunosuppressed transplant recipients, but it is not common. It can derive from tubes, drains, IV sites, the lungs, or other infected organs, etc. It is reported in 1-5% of transplant patients. ...Read more

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If we can do organ transplants, can we do bone transplants?

If we can do organ transplants, can we do bone transplants?

Yes, they are done.: Bone is commonly recovered from deceased donors (this is called tissue donation) and used to fill gaps in the patient's own bone. The implanted bone has been treated, does not provoke the immune system into rejection, and does not contain living cells. Successful in limited, but creative circumstances. ...Read more

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Are there any notable cultures that forbid organ transplants / blood transfusions?

Yes.: Organ transplantation requires immune suppression, leaving the recipient at risk for any type of infection (bacterial, fungal, or viral). Having a blood culture that is "positive" (especially for bacteria or fungus) would indicate an active infection and thus would be an absolute contraindication to transplant at that moment in time. ...Read more

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How can organ transplants work?

Healthy new organ!: When your own organ(s) don't work they fail to perform the key functions that keep you alive. Replacement parts (from another human) are connected to you. Medications are given to prevent your immune system from recognizing that these "new" organs have different DNA than you do, preventing rejection. Technical success + consistent use of medications (every single day!) = success. ...Read more

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Can you tell me more about organ transplants?

Organ transplants: Its difficult to answer in few sentences.....its a huge field...constantly evolving.....and organ specific....for example solid organ transplant or bone marrow transplants or isolated cell transplants etc.....its very dynamic too. ...Read more

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Could you give me some info on organ transplants?

Broad topic: That's a broad topic. Many organs are transplantable. I refer to you the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) at unos.org for more information. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about multiple organ transplants?

More common: More and more done in big institutions....same disease can cause another organ damage or one another organ damage happened because of the result of a particular organ damage....heart with lungs, heart with kidneys, heart in combination with liver, pancreas, lungs in combination with liver, pancreas, kidney, small bowel in combination with other, face or scalp in combination with pancreas, kidney.. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is technology helping organ transplants?

Developments: Developments in all fields of transplant are quiet significant....many in the fields of immunosuppressive agent developments, trials and their clinical introduction....for example the kidney survival in three years in mid 80s was 50%....now low 90s.....no ideal immunosuppressive available....meaning none are selective or specific and there are great deal of intra and interinsividual variabilities ...Read more

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What technology is used in organ transplants? How successful are they?

It is organ specific: It depends on the organs....very significant improvements in all fields....rejection rates are better.....organ matchings are better and therefore the ultimate outcomes.....pre and postoperative managements with immunosuppressive drugs are better....yet the challenges remained....because we do not have any specific drugs yet..... ...Read more

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What kind of organ transplants/other donatable body parts require only biological family members?

Not really: Today, successful transplant outcomes can be obtained using organs from friends or strangers. Obviously, hearts only come from deceased donors, most are unrelated. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which organ transplants work?

Replace the damage: Organ transplants are performed to replace the lost function of the damaged or failing organs in patients. ...Read more

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Could depression affect organ transplants?

Stress and healing: I feel that depression would adversely affect the healing process from an organ transplant. Severe depression can impair your ability to take care of yourself. You might miss medical appointments and/or medication, neglect your hygiene which then puts you at risk for infection. The added mental stress can also slow down the wound healing process. ...Read more

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Can a vegan get blood transfusions and organ transplants?

Can a vegan get blood transfusions and organ transplants?

Yes: Becoming a vegan is a moral choice. If you refuse a needed blood transfusion / organ transplant, you are not talking about a decision to respect the lives and dignity of animals -- you'd be making a decision to die. And unlike the cult that refuses blood transfusions, you can't be thrown out for accepting something that others might not. Make choices on accurate information & what you deem right. ...Read more

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How are organ transplants done?

See:: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/organ-donation-facts

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Who is eligible for organ transplants?

Depends: Eligibility and allocation varies by organs. For example, kidneys are allocated based on waiting time whereas liver, heart, lungs are allocated based on how sick the patient is. In general, active infections, recent history of cancers, and multi-organ failures might make a patient ineligible. ...Read more

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If you don't believe in organ transplants, should you not ask for one if one of your kids needed a transplant?

Be open minded: It is always best with any new health problem (for you or your children) to discard your prior bias and listen to the information you are being offered. You should be encouraged to learn about the new disease/problem and then empowered to make an informed decision. This would require you to be open minded enough to recognize that what you previously "heard" or "thought" might not be accurate. ...Read more

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Are there organ transplants can be rejected by the body if the donor tissue is too different from the host. can bone transplants be rejected too?

Are there organ transplants can be rejected by the body if the donor tissue is too different from the host. can bone transplants be rejected too?

Bone is different: In vascularized organ higher the differences in human leukocyte antigen between recipient and the donor greater the chances of having rejection....bone is not vascularized organ....acts differently ...Read more

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What are some procedures that people who need organ transplants do while they are weighing on an organ?

What are some procedures that people who need organ transplants do while they are weighing on an organ?

Depends on the organ: Procedures depend upon type of organ failure: for example, kidney failure patients often need dialysis access placed (catheters or fistulas); liver failure patients may need fluid removed from abdomen, endoscopy for varices; pancreas transplant patients usually only need Insulin injections; heart patients may need an implanted assist device; lung failure patients may need oxygen and/or ventilator. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

A life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased ...Read more


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Septic Shock (Definition)

Septic shock. Sepsis occurs when an infections enters & is spread through the bloodstream, potentially causing a marked drop in blood pressure with potential for stroke, heart or ...Read more