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Dr. John Fung
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Transplantation And Donation (Overview)

Transplantation and donation refers to the practice of taking donated tissue or organs from one person, and implanting them in someone else to treat a disease or condition. Examples include kidney transplantations, or bone marrow donation.


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What is organ donation and transplantation done for?

What is organ donation and transplantation done for?

See below: Organ donation is performed to provide organs for those in need. Organ transplantation is performed for organ failure in diseases of the heart, lung, kidneys, live, pancreas and small intestine. Newer composite tissue transplants (hand/arm and face transplants) are becoming more common as well. ...Read more

Dr. John Fung
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Transplantation And Donation (Overview)

Transplantation and donation refers to the practice of taking donated tissue or organs from one person, and implanting them in someone else to treat a disease or condition. Examples include kidney transplantations, or bone marrow donation.


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I was wondering what are the cons of organ donation and transplantation?

I was wondering what are the cons of organ donation and transplantation?

Risks exist: It depends what organ transplant is being contemplated. Organ donation is major surgery and you need a careful discussion of risks and benefits including the long term risk. This should be done with members of the transplant team who know this information the best. ...Read more

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What is the status of organ donation vs transplantation need in the united states?

What is the status of organ donation vs transplantation need in the united states?

Unbalanced: Currently there are 114, 699 (as of june 24th 2012) people waiting for an organ transplant . There are approximately 17, 000 donors per year. ...Read more

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If my family has a history of liver failure and needing liver transplants, can I get on a donation list ahead of time to prepare?

If my family has a history of liver failure and needing liver transplants, can I get on a donation list ahead of time to prepare?

No.: To get on the list for a liver transplant, you must be in liver failure. However, you should visit a hepatologist (liver specialist) so that your family's underlying liver disease can be diagnosed and you can receive the proper treatment before your liver fails. ...Read more

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Friend recently had a double transplant; kidney and liver. How old do you have to be for kidney donation?

Friend recently had a double transplant; kidney and liver. How old do you have to be for kidney donation?

Over 18 to donate: If the us, one must be over 18 to donate an organ. A person under 18 may donate one if his/her parents sign the consent document for the donation. ...Read more

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How can I give a donation for a hospital specialized in liver transplantation?

How can I give a donation for a hospital specialized in liver transplantation?

Contact the center: Contact the transplant center and they will refer you to the department that you need to make a donation to. Otherwise constant the united center for organ sharing (unos) and they would help you facilitate donation. ...Read more

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In what way can I get donation for our hospital specialized in liver transplantation?

In what way can I get donation for our hospital specialized in liver transplantation?

Not clear: Are you asking how to find a donor for someone listed for liver transplantation at your hospital? Or how to be a donor for someone listed (i.e. Living liver donor)? The former is dictated by the severity of liver disease (meld score) and allocation of a deceased donor liver is determined by a national computer algorithm managed by unos. For living donation, speak with the program director. ...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 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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How common are kidney transplants?

How common are kidney transplants?

~17,000 a year in US: In 2013, there were 16,895 kidney transplants in the U.S. About 11,000 of them were deceased donor kidney transplants; the rest were living donor transplants. ...Read more

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What age is too old for transplant?

What age is too old for transplant?

No fixed age: It is hard to fix on a number because there are broad differences between two individuals. It is better to categorize the physiological age rather than the chronological age of a patient. The question to really ask is "does the risk of transplanting a solid organ outweigh the benefit of receiving that organ?" the answer can be subjective and viewed differently among professionals. ...Read more

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Who should get an islet transplant?

Who should  get an islet transplant?

Type 1 diabetics: Islets, the Insulin producin areas of the pancreas, can be transplanted for advanced type 1 diabetes, either in the form of a whole organ, or as islet cell transplants. Most islet cell transplant eventually fail, and, more worrisome, cause antibodies that make subsequent whole organ transplant difficult. The whole organ pancreas transplant is therefore currently the best option. ...Read more

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Who is eligible for organ transplants?

Depends: Eligibility and allocation varies by organs. For example, kidneys are allocated based on waiting time whereas liver, heart, lungs are allocated based on how sick the patient is. In general, active infections, recent history of cancers, and multi-organ failures might make a patient ineligible. ...Read more

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Why do some people need kidney transplants?

Why do some people need kidney transplants?

ESKD: Patients who end up with end-stage kidney diseases (ESKD) need kidney transplants. Common causes of ESKD in the U.S. include diabetes mellitus, hypertension, polycystic kidney diseases, glomerulonephritis, and toxins/medications. ...Read more

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Are animal livers used in human transplants?

Are animal livers used in human transplants?

Not successfully: Animal organs have been used - in experimental circumstances - for a variety of human transplants, without long-term success. Remaining obstacles of rejection are major. When a winning strategy is developed, you will know because we will suddenly be able to address the organ shortage. We can use animal heart valves (usually pig) because they are treated + no longer stimulate an immune response. ...Read more

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Is there a health requirement for transplant?

Yes: Since all transplants require immmunospression, which can result in a flare up of infection, any current or dormant infection rules out a transplant. Also any cancer can also flare up, so there is a waiting period depending on the type of cancer from a complete cure. Also overall the cardiovascular state of the patient should be enough to tolerate major surgery. Any drug and alcohol abuse is. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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


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