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Dr. James Dukelow
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Transplant (Overview)

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 prevent this (immunosuppressive medications).


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Can transplanted hair grow?

Can transplanted hair grow?

Yes: If it is transplanted, the root is transplanted. That is where the hair grows from. If enough roots are transplanted, then a good amount of hair will grow. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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Transplant (Overview)

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 prevent this (immunosuppressive medications).


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Are there thyroid transplants?

Are there thyroid transplants?

Thyroid: Sorry, there are no thyroid transplants but the thyroid hormone pill, levothyroxine, is exactly the same hormone as the gland makes. It is a "natural" replacement for a gland that does not work. ...Read more

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Is transplanted hair permanent?

Is transplanted hair permanent?

Usually Permanent: Hair follicles located in the back of the scalp are typically immune to hereditary hair loss. When carefully harvested using NeoGraft FUE & transplanted into the thinning area, they will live & grow "forever." Only exceptions include severe disease or meds like chemo. Be aware that the NON-transplanted hair is still at risk, needing medical tx's in order to protect those follicles & the results. ...Read more

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What is a mini-allo transplant?

What is a mini-allo transplant?

Low doses of chemo: Doctors want to capture the anti-tumor effect of the donor's immune cells and they do not need to totally kill all the patient's cancer cells at the time of transplant. These cells will do it over time. Therefore the transplant itself is not as dangerous as a full or standard transplant. However, the serious complications that occur from these same cells causing gvhd are still present. ...Read more

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How are organ transplants done?

See:: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/organ-donation-facts

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Why are kidney transplants bad?

Why are kidney transplants bad?

They are not: Much better than indefinite hemo-dialysis or peritoneal dialysis ; far better than dying of uremia (kidney failure). Kidney transplants are associated with complications in many cases, but beefits of kidney transplants far outweigh the risks. ...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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How do corneal transplants work?

Expai: A donor cornea is identified. Surgery consists of taking of the patients cornea and placing the donor cornea in its place. The donor cornea is secured with very small sutures. ...Read more

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How are kidney transplants done?

Kidney transplant: Once the kidney is removed from the donor eithe living or cadaver, the kidney is placed through a lower abdominal incision iusually into the right side of the pelvis and attached the iliac vein and artery and ureter implanted into the bladder. ...Read more

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Are pancreas transplants possible?

Are pancreas transplants possible?

Pancreas transplant: There are two common indications for a pancreas transplant: 1. A commitment to lifelong immunosuppresion for another organ transplant in a type 1 diabetic (usually a kidney for diabetic nephrology, but liver and lung have been done as well) or 2. Very poorly controlled type 1 diabetes despite optimized medical care. This usually requires documented episodes of hypoglycemia unawareness. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Friedman
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Transplantation (Definition)

Transplantation is the process of transplanting organs from a donor to a recipient and includes surgery ...Read more