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Doctor insights on: Is Sepsis Common With People That Have Organ Transplants

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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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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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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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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?

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?

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

Dr. William Walsh
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Infection In The Blood (Definition)

Sepsis is a condition in which a person has a blood infection, usually caused by bacteria. The bacteria get into the bloodstream and are spread all over the body. The infection plus the immune system's response to it causes the symptoms of sepsis, which include fever, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, high white ...Read more


Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

Sepsis occurs as a result of body's abnormal response to severe infection. Manifestation of sepsis include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing. Blood work will reveal elevation of ...Read more