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What Organs And Tissues Have Been Successfully Transplanted Since 1950
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
I have been diagnosed with inguinal scar tissue, how can this be treated ? Meds vs surgery, I have pain all the time pelvic area
Hi I have PVNS. 2 surgeries over 3 years. I now have constant pain in all Joints of the body. Very painful and becoming debilitating. auto immune?
PVNS: Rare condition. Can be treated with surgery or external beam radiation or rarely intra-articular radiation, It does not seem to be an autoimmune disease which is caused by antibodies or immune complexes but rather overgrowth of tissue. www.pvnsdoctors.homestead.com lists doctors with experience with PVNS..Sometimes you have to travel if the disease is rare, to get care . Good luck ...Read more
Ablation done 2 years ago and since have had chest pain near apex and abnormal rhythms multiple tests by mds and no answers. What else can it be?
Not easy to know: There are multiple possibilities here, without knowing a lot of details, any answer given would be pure speculation. If you have not seen a general cardiologist (as opposed to an ep) for a second opinion, it might be time to do that. ...Read more
I have a cage and 9 screws in by back the replaced my L4&L 5. Also my s 321 are gone, i have been waking up for the last 2 nights not being able to mo?
BACKPAIN: You have structural problem with your back and having pain bad enough you should see a physician ...Read more
Can I have babies after being Healed and not having surgery from teratoma cyst that was over my ovaries & fillopian tubes?
Healed?: I'm not sure what you mean by "healed". Ovarian teratomas do not appear and then disappear. If you had a teratomas, you still have it. On the other hand, if you have an ovarian teratomas this will not prevent you from getting pregnant. You will still be able to get pregnant if all else is normal. ...Read more
I've had Endo for 20 years now, I have gone through the lapro surgeries, the surgeon couldn't get it all.. Now its around my major internal organs. ?
Endo omnipresent: If Endometriosis is everywhere around your major organs (omnipresent) then you and your MD need to have a discussion about whether to retain your reproductive structures or not. The removal of the uterus, Fallopian tubes and ovaries may not guarantee that the Endometriosis will not recur as it can still "spread" to urinary bladder, umbilicus, etc. The use of a GnRh Agonist Rx may also help. ...Read more
18 months after brain surgery and fat harvest from thigh for graft, my thigh has become VERY painful. It has been completely numb since brain surgery, but in past 30 days has become very painful. ?
Nerve pain: The fascia lata is a connective tissue on the lateral aspect of the thigh that is often harvested to reconstruct defects at the base of the skull during surgery. The posterior branch of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve can be injured or form a neuroma (scar tissue) that results in painful burning numbness. Fortunately, injections of the nerve can eliminate the pain. See your neurosurgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have severe vitamt B12 deficiency since the past 1 year.I recently found out.I face depression.Are my nervous tissues damaged permanently ?
Many people have: B 12 deficiency and do just fine when they supplement w/b 12. Please use the sublingual type, melts under the tongue. You will retain a lot more that way than by swallowing capsules. Peace and good health. ...Read more
It's been 6months since my ACL surgery and i can't play soccer yet because my muscle isn't as strong my other. Does the muscle need to be 100% better?
ACL Healing: You don't need to be fully 100%, but you do need to be functional. You have to be strong enough to protect your knee. There are tests you can take out there to help determine if you are ready. http://drpetre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/knee-sport-test.pdf. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was informed my cancer has returned and spread to my liver. Have been having chest pains. Could it be caused by the lesions in my liver?
Yes: it could be. See your Dr for this urgently ...Read more
Multiple surgerys using mesh, now I have pain and mrsa. My body is fighting the mesh, what treatment should I pursue? Thanks
Maybe remove it: May need to remove the mesh. There are many options however to repair hernias without mesh, or using mesh after infection has cleared. See a general surgeon with experience in complex hernia management for an opinion. Checking the americas hernia society website may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can be used for pain for degenerative disc disease, other than narcotics which I am hooked on through my dr? I have only major organs in my body I have had 2 heart attacks, I have had yeast infestion in my throat twice. The 1st time was after throat
My small intestines have been clogged for over two years. X-rays have proven I'm just blocked up, but the same mass has been there all this time. I have tried many different methods, and I have seen many doctors. I am chronically tired, and just feel toxi
I was recently informed my cancer has returned and spread to my liver. Have been having lt/rt chest pains. Could it be caused by lesions in my liver?
Chest pains: It depends on if the pain is in your lower chest, mid-chest, or upper chest. A common cause would be gas pains from indigestion. Best to be sure they do not involve the heart. If the pain is severe, like a pressure, radiating to the neck, back, arms and accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating and nausea, call 911. Need to call and ask your oncologist or PMD. ...Read more
Ive been been using diet pills for almost 5 years and havibg problems with my kidneys recently chronic infections could i be at risk of kidney damage?
Yes: Unfortunately, that is a possibility - so don't wait - stop the pills! Also work w/ your Dr on recovery of the most liver health possible and learn how to live safely. Healthy eating and exercise may not work fast - but it's healthy! Be careful and you'll be more attractive by far - smart is the new skinny! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My glans has lost stiffness & sensation due to bed humping for last 5 years. If nerves of penis r damaged can they be repaired completely. Im 21. Help?
Masturbation!: Not likely to have damaged any nerves unless you fractured your penis. Suggest you stop masturbating for a week or two & reevaluate. Seeing a urologist might be helpful &/or reassuring. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with Staph. 3 days ago. Since then my older boils have grown quite large, and new ones all over fever is 99.5. Are the meds working?
Check with doctor: This depends on size of the boils, where on your body, and maybe on the exact antibiotic you are taking. Boils can progress for a day or two after starting effective treatment, but 3 days is getting a bit too long and many staph strains are resistant to commonly used antibiotics. Recheck with the doctor treating you. It's the weekend, but if your doc isn't available, probably someone is on call. ...Read more
My husbands 3 main arteries are severely damaged. Hes had a few heart attacks in the past and now he wants to have bypass surgery done. Can he travel.
Perhaps: Some individuals that become brain dead after a drug over dose can become organ donors. If the organs in question are functioning, they can be removed. However, there may be increased risk for the transfer of infections such as hepatitis b and c, and HIV that are often associated with illicit drug use. Careful testing for these infections and informed consent from the recipient is needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Balance scarce suppl: If the world were ideal, no one would have a need for organ transplants but at least if they did, there would be an adequate supply to meet the demand. Unfortunately, more than 110, 000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ from only about 7000 organ donors each year from the organ donor pool. This creates a huge dilemma on who is most appropriate to transplant where age plays a major role. ...Read more
No: It is not yet possible to do this. ...Read more
Xenotransplantation : They have been used but not very often and not with very much success. Xenotransplantation has been one of the holy grails of transplant surgery since its inception. Through genetic modification of porcine donors, however, researchers are getting closer to mitigating the violent antibody response that is one of the major roadblocks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: Not very practical. If she has a failing organ such as a kidney or liver, one kidney or part of the liver could be transplanted. Multiple organs from a living donor is rarely if ever done. ...Read more
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If other organs have failed from liver failing what is the point of getting the liver transplant? Like say if the kidneys fail from the liver failing how will getting the new liver make the failed kidneys better and why wouldnt they need a kidney transpla
Matter of timing: Excellent point!! One organ system failure will often set up a desperate spiral of additional organ failures. The key is to intervene when other strained organ systems still have reserve and the capacity to recover. The more systems in COMPLETE failure the less hopeful of any recovery. But definitively treating a FAILED liver with transplant can save a FAILING kidney. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it true: if an organ from an elderly person is successfully transplanted into a younger person the organ can last an extended lifetime?
Yes, ...: The accumulated experience in organ transplant over the past 60 yrs confirms it's okay to transplant the elderly person's organs for the younger, and it has done well. In fact, the oldest donor in the us was 96 years old. So, it's true. ...Read more
Cornea transplant: The cornea is isolated from the immune system since it dies not normally contain blood vessels. ...Read more
If one receives a dura mater transplant, is the recipient required to take immunosuppressant medication for life, as with other tissue transplants?
No immunos required: No immunosuppression is required for a dura mater transplant, or for most types of tissue transplants. Most of these tissues have been processed in ways that remove the antigens (proteins) exposure to the new host's immune system and therefore do not provke a rejection response. The big risk for dura mater transplants is creutzfeld-jacob disease (prions) transmission. ...Read more
Are there organ transplants can be rejected by the body if the donor tissue is too different from the host. can bone transplants be rejected too?
The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more
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