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Transplant Kidney Pancreas Mrsa Will
My sister is on the transplant list for a kidney and pancreas and she has recently diagnosed with mrsa, will this hurt her chances?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband has suppressed immunity due to kidney transplant and he recently developed a MRSA infection. What should we do?
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
Benefit of K/P Tx: Pancreas transplant survival rates have been improving for the past decade but still have the best long term survival when transplanted with a kidney from the same donor. The ability to monitor kidney function and biopsy the kidney allows us to detect earlier signs of graft function abnormalities than waiting for signs that the pancreas is in trouble, which is often too late. ...Read more
Feeling healthy : When a kidney + pancreas transplant is successful (roughly 4 our 5 cases) the diabetic patient becomes free from needing Insulin or having to check blood sugar. If dialysis was needed pre-txp, that also becomes unnecessary. Overall, the person feels rejuvenated and healthy again. But risks must be considered too. They include surgical complications, rejection, and the need for immunosuppression. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why do a pancreas and kidney transplant together show a better long term survival rate than pancreas alone?
Catch 22 answer: With successful transplantation and a robust recipient, there should not be any left over disability. The patient should be capable of working within approximately 2-3 months. But many diabetics who need these transplants have serious visual and foot problems that cause permanent disabilities. When possible, the point of transplant is full return to all of life. The judgement is made individually. ...Read more
Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more
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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