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Risks of kidney transplant and plasma exchange?

Risks of kidney transplant and plasma exchange?

Not very harmful: If someone spoke to you about plasma exchange, then the issue is the presence of anti-donor antibodies in the recipient. The procedure removes the plasma containing the antibodies. The procedure is used either at the time (or just before) the transplant to prevent rejection in sensitized patients. Or, after the transplant if antibody mediated rejection has occurred. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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Kidney transplant needed. Confused about plasma exchange?

Kidney transplant needed. Confused about plasma exchange?

Removes antibodies: Plasma exchange or plasmapheresis is designed to remove antibodies (proteins) from the plasma fraction of the blood, which is then replaced with other plasma or albumin. It is done when the recipient has antibodies targeting the hla antigens in the donor. It may be done before or after the transplant; and is useful to prevent or treat rejections. ...Read more

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What is involved in a kidney transplant?

What is involved in a kidney transplant?

Major Commitment: A kidney transplant is a major surgical procedure which is followed by close attention from your doctors, nurses, and of course yourself. For those with renal failure it is the best way to approach pre-illness levels of activity and well being. It requires daily medications and close clinical monitoring. ...Read more

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What way is the easiest to get a kidney transplant?

What way is the easiest to get a kidney transplant?

Go get evaluated: Assuming you have advance chronic kidney disease, you should ask your physician to refer you to a nearby transplant center where you can be begin your evaulation for a kidney transplant. You will be provided with your treatments options, including obtaining a living vs. Deceased donor kidney. Deceased donor kidneys generally require placement on a list for a minimum of 3-4 years so it would be e. ...Read more

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What are the chances a kidney transplant goes wrong?

What are the chances a kidney transplant goes wrong?

Low: The chances are low but it can happen. The most common cause of death after kidney transplant is heart attack. Other things that could go wrong are bleeding, blood clots, wound problems, circulation problems and sometimes the kidney just doesn't work. These things, while rare, can happen and you should have. Serious discussion with your surgeon before any operation. ...Read more

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What is a kidney transplant like and why is it necessary?

What is a kidney transplant like and why is it necessary?

For kidney failure: A kidney transplant is needed if an individual no longer has sufficient kidney function to produce urine and remove waste products. There is a long list of kidney diseases that can result in kidney failure. Some occur in children who are born with damaged kidneys and others develop kidney failure later in life. After a kidney transplant, normal kidney function is restored. ...Read more

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What are the after effects of a kidney transplant?

What are the after effects of a kidney transplant?

No more dialysis: This is a very general question. If the new kidney is functioning well most recipients are able to return to pre-illness levels of activity. Many adults return to full time work and school. They no longer do dialysis, but must take a number of new drugs that prevent rejection. They need to continue lifelong follow-uup by their transplant team. ...Read more

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Kidney transplant patients have develop proteurinata?

No, investigation: Patients with normal functioning transplant should not have proteinuria( protein in urine). Any proteinuria should be confirmed, quantified and investigated thoroughly. Please consult transplant nephrologist. ...Read more

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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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Plasma Exchange (Definition)

Plasmapheresis(plasma exchange) is a process involving the following steps: 1.Whole blood is withdrawn from the person. 2.The liquid portion or plasma is removed from the blood and replaced. 3.The blood, with all its red and white blood cells, is transfused back into the person. Usually made by an automated procedure and in precense of especialized healthcare ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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