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What is life like after a pancreatic transplant?

What is life like after a pancreatic transplant?

Pancreas transplant : Following successful pancreas transplantation, it is a life of euglycemia independent of Insulin administration. No further need to plan exercise and diet around sugar levels and Insulin dosing. Many diabetic complications stabilize or reverse. No more midnight sugar checks looking for hypoglycemia. Downside: a big operation and the need for lifelong immunosuppression. ...Read more

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Dr. James Dukelow
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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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What is the long-term outlook after a kidney transplantation?

What is the long-term outlook after a kidney transplantation?

Good: Kidney transplantation is generally accepted as the best choice to replace kidney function.Transplantation from a living related donor generally lasts longer than from a deceased donor.You have to take medications to suppress your immune system from rejecting the kidney. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy after a liver transplantation?

What is the life expectancy after a liver transplantation?

Depends: Average 5 year survival in this decade for liver transplant is 70% but varies according to age, indication for transplant and genetic matching. ...Read more

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What is the quality of life like after a double lung transplant?

What is the quality of life like after a double lung transplant?

Improved for most: For most patients, quality of life improves substantially, and patients resume activities that they enjoy. There are many precautions such as avoiding open soil, medication monitoring and frequent visits to your physician, as they monitor for infections and signs of rejection. ...Read more

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What's life like after kidney transplantation?

What's life like after kidney transplantation?

TRANSPLANT: There are several things on the do and not do list. It is important to keep up with blood work and antirejection medications that can be costly. All are better for you and easier to manage than a dialysis schedule. ...Read more

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What is a kidney transplant like and why is it necessary?

What is a kidney transplant like and why is it necessary?

For kidney failure: A kidney transplant is needed if an individual no longer has sufficient kidney function to produce urine and remove waste products. There is a long list of kidney diseases that can result in kidney failure. Some occur in children who are born with damaged kidneys and others develop kidney failure later in life. After a kidney transplant, normal kidney function is restored. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of somebody with a kidney transplant?

What is the life expectancy of somebody with a kidney transplant?

Better than without: People with a working kidney on average live much longer than those on dialysis. The younger the patient, the bigger the benefit. A 60 yr old patient with a transplant will live an average of 9 yrs vs. 3 yrs without. A 30 yr old patient will gain 20+ yrs compared to dialysis. A kidney transplant also vastly improves the person's quality of life. ...Read more

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Is you donate a kidney can you live a normal life like before you donated the kidney?

Is you donate a kidney can you live a normal life like before you donated the kidney?

Donating kidney. : A solitary kidney can hyper-function for many years, mimicking the efficacy of two kidneys working together. Eventually, however, the solitary kidney would start to falter. ...Read more

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Is it common for a two year kidney transplant patient to experience a skin disorder. Diabetic 1878-present kidney transplant 11-09

Is it common for a two year kidney transplant patient to experience a skin disorder. Diabetic 1878-present
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The : The answer is yes. Transplant patients are subject to many dermatologic conditions. Because you are an organ transplant recipient and most likely on immune suppressing medications, your body is not able to protect you from certain diseases as it once was. This includes, but certainly is not limited to conditions such as shingles and skin cancers. As a transplant patient, you should plan to see your dermatologist on a regular basis now and in the future. It is important that you have your skin checked for skin cancers often, as kidney transplant patients are especially more prone to the development of certain types of skin cancer. ...Read more

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Is it common for a two year kidney transplant patient to experience a skin disorder. Diabetic 1878-present kidney transplant 11-09

Is it common for a two year kidney transplant patient to experience a skin disorder. Diabetic 1878-present
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Dermatology is key: All transplant patients should have regular skin examinations by a knowledgeable provider because of the risk of skin cancer that is caused by the use of immunosuppression. In addition, skin infections and other unusual problems may occur. Skin also becomes fragile over the years because of diabetes, aging and immunosuppression. Probably makes sense to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What happens if a person drinks after a liver transplant is approved?

Buzzzzzz!!: You are in time out for a period of time, usually between 3-6 months...But you may get a red card and be out altogether. It is decided in a multidisciplinary committee. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with advanced lymphoma? Just a few months?

What is the life expectancy of someone with advanced lymphoma?  Just a few months?

Not necessarily.: "lymphoma" acrtually encompasses many different diagnoses. In general, lymphomas a very responsive to chemotherapy. Some, like hodgkin lymphoma are frequently curable, even in advanced stage. For some of the aggressive lymphomas, response depends on a number of factors, including age and stage, but still can do well. The low grade lymphomas are not curable, but many years of life are possible. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for an adult male with CF after having a double lung transplant done?

Median is 5.5 yrs: That being said, population statistics can't be applied to individuals. How well the surgery went, the match characteristics, how well oh avoid infection, your fitness prior to transplant, how well you tolerate the transplant regimen, etc all effect your quality of life and longevity. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone who has had a kidney transplant?

Other med. problems?: 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). Patient life expectancy generally depends on other medical issues such as heart disease, diabetes, vascular disease or development of cancers. In fact, most recipients will die with a functioning kidney, not because of kidney failure. ...Read more

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I have complete cirrhosis of the liver and just recently found a HCC liver tumor. if I don't get a transplant , what is the life expectancy? rough est

I have complete cirrhosis of the liver and just recently found a HCC liver tumor. if I don't get a transplant , what is the life expectancy? rough est

Liver Cancer: That is a difficult question to answer. Since we do not have all the facts especially concerning your overall health otherwise or your current health it is impossible to say. The best person to talk to about this is the physician who is following you now. I am so sorry that you have been diagnosed with this disease. I hope you are able to get a transplant soon. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone diagnosed with cirrhosis? My husband was just diagnosed with cirrhosis, but doesn’t yet need a transplant. What is the average life expectancy after diagnosis for someone like him?

Cirrhosis is a ...: Consequence of chronic liver disease where liver tissue is replaced by fibrosis, scar tissue and nodules leading to loss of liver function. Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcoholism, hepatitis b and hepatitis c, and fatty liver disease, but has many other possible causes. Established cirrhosis has a 10-year mortality of 34–66?%. (journal of clinical epidemiology 56 (1): 88–93 (2003). ...Read more

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If a person is in end stage renal disease and needs a kidney, would liver damage exclude them from getting a transplant?

Depends on severity: The liver can tolerate a significant degree of damage before it becomes apparent that there is a problem. The extent of damage is assessed in multiple ways ranging from understanding symptoms linked to liver disease (if there are any), blood tests, imaging tests, and very often a biopsy to look at the liver cells. Severe damage will likely require a liver txp too. Mild to moderate damage may not. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone without a gallbladder?

What is the life expectancy for someone without a gallbladder?

No different: Should be no different. Gallbladder removal is one of the most commonly performed surgeries, and if no complications from surgery occur, life expectancy is unchanged. ...Read more

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After having hydronephrosis in my right kidney it is only functioning at 25%. What is the percentage for saving a kidney, or removing it ?

After having hydronephrosis in my right kidney it is only functioning at 25%. What is the percentage for saving a kidney, or removing it ?

25% worth saving: Do you mean 25% relative function with opposite kidney performing 75% or is right kidney functioning at 25% of its' expected capacity? Below 10 - 12%, in presence of severe hydroneprosis is probably not worth saving. Ur young, thus my advice would be for you would likely be to undergo a laparoscopic or robot assisted pyeloplasty if hydronphrosis due to ureteropelvic junction obstruction. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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


Kidney (Definition)

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