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Ideas? What organs and tissues have been succesfully transplanted since the 1950s?

Ideas? What organs and tissues have been succesfully transplanted since the 1950s?

Tx organs/tissues: Kidney, liver, pancreas, heart, lung, intestine, limb,face, vascular composite allografts (VCA) ...Read more

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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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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?

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

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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?

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

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Can I have babies after being Healed and not having surgery from teratoma cyst that was over my ovaries & fillopian tubes?

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

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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. ?

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

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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. ?

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 more

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I have severe vitamt B12 deficiency since the past 1 year.I recently found out.I face depression.Are my nervous tissues damaged permanently ?

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

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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?

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 more

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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 more

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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

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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?

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 more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Ideas? What organs and tissues have been succesfully transplanted since the 1950s?

Tx organs/tissues: Kidney, liver, pancreas, heart, lung, intestine, limb,face, vascular composite allografts (VCA) ...Read more

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After years, are transplanted organs replaced with some or all of your own tissue?

No: Transplanted organs remain what they are. That's why patients will require lifelong anti-rejection drugs. ...Read more

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Can the organs from people who have oded be used for transplant?

Can the organs from people who have oded be used for transplant?

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 more

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What are the common serious pros and cons of transplanting organs in elderly people?

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

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Can you transplant young organs into old people or vise versa?

Can you transplant young organs into old people or vise versa?

Absolutely: Happens every day! however, there is a tendency to have donors and recipients in the same age ranges. This is particularly true for donor organs over age 60, that are most often given to older recipients. ...Read more

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Can some of the organs in the digestive system be transplanted?

Intestinal transplan: Yes, intestinal transplant is performed at select centers. ...Read more

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Are we getting to the point of manufacturing organs for transplant?

No: We are not there yet. There are many immunological and ethical issues still to overcome. ...Read more

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Can animal organs be used for human transplant surgery?

Can animal organs be used for human transplant surgery?

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 more

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Is it ok to transplant all my organs to my mom so that she can recover?

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

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 more

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Is it true: if an organ from an elderly person is successfully transplanted into a younger person the organ can last an extended lifetime?

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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

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How can corneas can be transplanted without tissue rejection?

Cornea transplant: The cornea is isolated from the immune system since it dies not normally contain blood vessels. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

Bone is different: In vascularized organ higher the differences in human leukocyte antigen between recipient and the donor greater the chances of having rejection....bone is not vascularized organ....acts differently ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

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