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Doctor insights on: Shingles Vaccine And Kidney Transplant Recipients

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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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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Should transplant patients stay away from people with shingles vaccine?

Should transplant patients stay away from people with shingles vaccine?

Probably safe: A person who has received a shingles vaccine is not contagious unless he develops a chicken pox-like rash. If a rash develops, the vaccinated person should restrict contact w/ a transplant patient (or anyone else) if that patient is susceptible to chickenpox. If the kidney transplant patient already had chicken pox, he is not at risk.

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Will a kidney transplant recipient be receiving one or two kidneys from a cadaver donor?

Will a kidney transplant recipient be receiving one or two kidneys from a cadaver donor?

Usually 1: Most if the time 1 kidney is transplanted. Occasionally 2 very small (pediatric) kidneys are kept connected to each other and transplanted "e bloc" - they grow quickly. Some older kidneys with low function are transplanted together (but separated) to try to provide enough function in combination. The recipient should understand and give consent (or not) in advance.

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For what length of time can a heart and kidney transplant recipient be expected to live until?

Transplant: Transplant survival has many components. Double transplant patients are generally very sick to start with. If they are lucky and get both organs, their long term survival depends on how they tolerate the immunosuppressive therapy and the rest of their status. Expect to live is hard to say, probably expect 5 years with more possible.

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How long can a heart and kidney transplant recipient be expected to live if the transplant is successful?

How long can a heart and kidney transplant recipient be expected to live if the transplant is successful?

No time limit: The longevity of a kidney transplant is usually about 10-15 years depending on the source and quality of the donor organ (living donor kidneys tend to last longer). Heart transplants alone previously had shorter life expectancies but with current immunosuppressive drugs and better medical management, it is not unusual to for heart transplant patients to live for much longer durations.

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Kidney transplant recepient can receive other blood group kidney from donor whose blood group is differ from from receiver?

Kidney transplant recepient can receive other blood group kidney from donor whose blood group is differ from from receiver?

Theoretically: Yes... But it's not recommended. It would require desensitization protocols, plasmapheresis, metc, if incompatible. Compatible donor to recipient pairs don't require these protocols.

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Where can I get the shingles vaccine?

Where can I get the shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Your pmd should be able to get this for you.

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How frequently do you have to get the shingles vaccine?

How frequently do you have to get the shingles vaccine?

Shingles vaccine: Currently the recommendation for shingles vaccine is a single dose to those age 60 or older. However, as we have found with many other vaccines that immunity may wane with time, changes in this recommendation could occur as time goes by and we research what happens 10-20 years down the line......more to come!

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I'm getting shingles outbreaks, can I get the shingles vaccine?

I'm getting shingles outbreaks, can I get the shingles vaccine?

Yes: But, it may not be covered by insurance. Many insurers cover it starting at age 60. I could help boost your immunity and is probably worth the expense (about $250). Not studied for younger or middle aged adults yet, since most shingles occurs in th elderly, so they are the group for which the vaccine was targeted.

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Why should I pay for and get shingles vaccine if it only occurs once if at all?

Why should I pay for and get shingles vaccine if it only occurs once if at all?

Shingles isn't fun.: Ask a few people about shingles and they'll tell you it can range from annoying to really painful with symptoms that last months after the rash is gone (postherptic neuralgia). There's no great predictor if you'll get a mild or severe case. And yes, you can have it more than once in a lifetime - I've seen people on their 2nd or 3rd episode. The cost isn't trivial, but shingles isn't either.

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Which shingles vaccine do doctors recommend?

Which shingles vaccine do doctors recommend?

Zostavax: We recommend Zostavax vaccine indicated for adults over the age of 60

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Shingles vaccine needed in suppressed immune systems?

Contraindicated: Shingles vaccine (zostavax) is a live attenuated vaccine that contains a pretty good dose of weakened chicken pox virus. It is not recommended in people who are immunosuppressed due to risk of infection arising from the vaccine.

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What are the side effects of the shingles vaccine for those over 60?

What are the side effects of the shingles vaccine for those over 60?

Safe Vaccine: There are no serious side effects except some patients will get chicken pox blisters around the site but these go away.

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I got shingles vaccine. Can I be infected by someone that has shingles?

I got shingles vaccine. Can I be infected by someone that has shingles?

No: You are at no risk of any infection from exposure to someone with shingles. If you had chickenpox or the vaccine as a kid, you cannot get it from exposure to shingles. The shingles vaccine would also boost your protection. For shingles, only the debris from the blisters contain infectious material, simple avoidance protects even those not already immune.

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What to do if I had shingles vaccine. Can I be infected by someone that has shingles?

What to do if I had shingles vaccine. Can I be infected by someone that has shingles?

No: You cannot get shingles from someone with an active case. You might get chickenpox, but only if you never had them. The shingles vaccine gives you protection from reactivation of the shingles germ (H.zoster) in your own system. It would also protect you from any decline in your resistance to chickenpox that might have occurred with age.

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Can you get shingles if you have had the shingles vaccine? If so, is there such a thing as a booster shot.

Can you get shingles if you have had the shingles vaccine? If so, is there such a thing as a booster shot.

Tingle post shingle: It is possible to get shingles (zoster) after receiving the shingles vaccine (zostavax). However, chance for getting shingles is greatly diminished after this vaccine and the disease activity tends to be less severe (the shingle has less tingle). As of today, repeat vaccination or a booster shot has not been supported by current scientific data.

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Shingles Vaccine (Definition)

The shingles vaccine protects your body from reactivation of a virus — the chickenpox (varicella-zoster) virus — that most people are exposed to during childhood. When you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays latent in your body. For unknown reasons, though, the latent virus sometimes gets reactivated years later, causing shingles. The shingles ...Read more