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Doctor insights on: Mrsa Affects On Kidney Transplant Patients

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My husband has suppressed immunity due to kidney transplant; he recently withstood mrsa. Could it have been lethal?

My husband has suppressed immunity due to kidney transplant; he recently withstood mrsa. Could it have been lethal?

Could be severe: Any bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic infection has a spectrum of severity from very mild to potentially life threatening. When a patient is intentionally immunosuppressed their immune system is not as potent to fight off the infection. Mrsa can be mild or severe, but is problematic because the bacteria is resistant to a number of the commonly used antibiotics, limiting treatment options. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Levy
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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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Is it safe for a kidney transplant person to be around a person with mrsa?

Is it safe for a kidney transplant person to be around a person with mrsa?

Avoid: Avoid that person since your immunity is depressed and you do not want to get that infection. ...Read more

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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Checklist)

Watch hydration level carefully
Once
Take supplements as instructed by your doctor
Once
Do gentle stretches and exercises like chair yoga
Daily
Watch the foods you eat
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My husband has suppressed immunity due to kidney transplant and he recently developed a MRSA infection. What should we do?

My husband has suppressed immunity due to kidney transplant and he recently developed a MRSA infection. What should we do?

Needs antibiotics: He needs to be treated with antibiotics depending on what part of body is infected with MRSA he may need IV antibiotics so check in with your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Can a live kidney donor who has mersa still be a donor for a kidney transplant?

Can a live kidney donor who has mersa still be a donor for a kidney transplant?

Sure, once treated: Some people carry the MRSA bugs on their skin/nasal cavities w/o causing problem, so it is not necessarily a problem for donating a kidney if ithe person does not have a problem with active infection. The surgical process is sterile and so it should not be an issue. If the donor is having active infection, it should be treated. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Checklist)

Follow a kidney diet
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Eat only low-phosphate foods
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Eat only low-salt foods
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Never miss a dialysis treatment
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Can kidney transplant patients keep cats in their homes?

Can kidney transplant patients keep cats in their homes?

Yes: Although your body is immunocompromised due to the anti-rejection medications, it is still safe to keep cats in the home. I would suggest keeping the cats away the first 3 months after transplant as that is when you are must at risk for an infection. ...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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Managing Kidney Dialysis (Checklist)

Do not miss dialysis sessions
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Eat low phosphorus foods
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Eat low potassium diet
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Do you know kidney transplant patients who have had children?

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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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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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

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