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Is There Any Natural Way To Prevent Organ Rejection From Occurring
Not really: There is intense ongoing experimentation in this process called tolerance-universal acceptance of foreign tissue. Current approaches involve extensive manipulation of the immune system with drugs, radiation, antibodies, etc. That are hardly "natural." tolerance is the holy grail of organ transplantation. Not there yet. Only natural way would be with identical (same placenta) twins. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many steps.: Transplant recipients are monitored closely for rejection by testing the function of the transplanted organ with blood tests, certain imaging studies, and at times a biopsy of the graft the recipient is also responsible for taking their anti-rejection drugs and telling the transplant team promptly if there are changes in their condition. Education of the process is key. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Generally: for tissue donation (as compared to organ donation) no medications are needed to prevent rejection as the tissues are irradiated thoroughly and go through a very strict process so no blood or blood products are present on them when they are transplanted. Therefore, there is no chance of "rejection". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several things: There are a number of things routinely done to limit the risk of rejection after transplant surgery. The major ones are testing for hla antibodies in the recipient and avoiding organs that express these; crossmatching the actual recipient with donor tissue to be sure they don't react; and using potent immunosuppressive drugs after the transplant to prevent a rejection episode. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several factors: As more sophisticated anti-rejection meds became available, the incidence of acute rejection has decreased over the past 40 years. However, no matter how long you take your anti-rejection meds, your immune system (white blood cells) will know your own tissues/organs from transplants. If your body does not have enough anti-rejection meds that suppress your immune system, a rejection occurs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be advantaged: Immediate family member can be less immunogenic to a person than strangers. However, the survival differences in organ transplants between unrelated and related individuals for similarly aged donors is small. The one exception are the 25% of siblings that share the same hla type, called hla identical. ...Read more
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