Top
10
Doctor insights on: Types Birth Control Immunosuppression Organ Transplantation

Share
1

1
Are there certain types of birth control I cannot have if I am on immunosuppression for organ transplantation?

Are there certain types of birth control I cannot have if I am on immunosuppression for organ transplantation?

Barrier methods best: Barrier methods of contraception are preferred. Birth control pills may increase the risk for thrombosis/clots or worsen hypertension. An intrauterine device may cause chronic infections that are harder to diagnose or treat in an immunosuppressed patient. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Warren Foster
3 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Organ transplantation and tissue typing. Am i related to my tissue matching organ donor?

Organ transplantation and tissue typing. Am i related to my tissue matching organ donor?

Not necessarily: Random people can share some tissue antigens. You are more likely to share tissue antigens with someone you are related to, but sharing antigens does not mean the two people are related. ...Read more

3

3
Organ transplantation and tissue typing. Do I have to be related to my tissue matching organ donor?

Not necessarily: Cadaveric kidney transplants are usually among unrelated persons. A person can share tissue type with unrelated individuals, though it is much more likely that related persons share tissue antigens. ...Read more

4

4
Organ transplantation and tissue typing. Do I have to be related to my tissue matching organ donor?

Not necessarily: People unrelated to each other, by conventional measures, do share hla antigens. Related individuals are more likely to share hla antigens, however sharing hla antigens does not imply blood relation, except of course very very remotely. ...Read more

6

6
How can I get healthier after an organ transplant?

How can I get healthier after an organ transplant?

Same for others: Eat a nutritious diet and commit to a daily exercise program that fits your age and abilities. Don't smoke, and use alcohol in moderation. ...Read more

7

7
Can you tell me about organ transplant technologies?

Depends upon organs: It really varies depending what kind of transplants.....organs like: Heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, small bowel, kidneys, hand, face etc....bone marrow, stem cell etc.....in anycase doctors will match recipients with the donor before any transplant through very specific immunological tests......better the match....greater the chances of not having any rejection....meaning your body will accept ...Read more

8

8
Can you be denied an organ transplant if you are a smoker?

Can you be denied an organ transplant if you are a smoker?

Not exactly: Eligibility for transplant differs in countries, but in the us smoking could be one reason to be denied, but decisions are based on lots of different factors. Surgery makes healing more difficult, increases chances of bad reactions to drugs, and itself causes organ damage. Heart and/or lung transplants usually require an effort to stop smoking, which every smoker should seriously consider anyway. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
Please explain which disease could make you need an organ transplant?

Diabetes, High BP: Kidneys are the most common organs to be transplanted. The most common diseases leading to the kidney failure for these transplant recipients are diabetes and hypertension. For liver transplant recipients the most common diseases are hepatitis C, alcoholism, and fatty liver disease. For heart transplant recipients the most common diseases are cardiomyopathy and coronary artery disease. ...Read more

10

10
What percent of americans will need an organ transplant in their lifetime?

What percent of americans   will need an organ transplant in their lifetime?

Hard to be specific: In 2011 about 28, 000 individuals received a solid organ transplant in the us including kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, intestine, and combinations of more than one. About 22, 000 came from deceased donors and 6, 000 from living donors. Divide that into 300, 000, 000 americans to get the rough % each year. You asked about need; there are about 115, 000 individuals waiting for a transplant today. ...Read more

Dr. Henry Selke
141 doctors shared insights

Immunosuppression (Definition)

Our immune systems are complex, with defense functions against external threats and internal functions that define us as unique individuals. Therapeutic medications to control diseases of overactivity of the immune system (like lupus) or to prevent rejection of transplanted organs we want to trick the body into considering "self" have consequences caused by unwanted ...Read more


Dr. Jeff Livingston
2,357 doctors shared insights

Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more