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Doctor insights on: Which Organs Can Be Transplanted

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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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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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After years, are transplanted organs replaced with some or all of your own tissue?

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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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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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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Which parts of the body can be transplanted?

Transplantation: "Heart, kidneys, liver, lungs, pancreas, and small intestines." "Transplantable tissues include blood, blood vessels, bones, bone marrow, cartilage, connective tissues, eyes, heart valves, and skin." per http://www.lifepoint-sc.org/facts_what.htm ...Read more

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What can I expect after an organ transplanted?

What can I expect after an organ transplanted?

Depends : It depends on the organ but everyone will have some level of pain. You will be on medication for the rest of your life to prevent rejection. You will be at a higher risk for infection and certain types of cancers. You will still have to see your doctor on a regular basis. Each organ transplanted has its own unique expected recovery. ...Read more

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Nerve transplants possible in the next 10 years?

Nerve transplants: Yes quite possible. The biggest issue is coverage. Right now where we are heading is toward rationed care, expensive services will be restricted. If transplants are expensive and successful in less than 50% of cases they will likely not be covered. Pt will be needed after and this is already being restricted under obamacare to 24 sessions unless a new problem arises. ...Read more

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What are some exclusion criteria for transplants?

Contraindication(s): For most organ transplants, active infections and metastatic malignancies are usually considered contraindications. In addition, psychiatric conditions or lack of psychosocial support system that can affect the patient's compliance with immunosuppressive medications can exclude some potential recipients. ...Read more

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Can the body reject the transplanted organ even if it's a match?

Yes: Unless you have an identical twin sibling who donates an organ for you, you will have to take any rejection medications. When lay people say an organ was a perfect "match", it does not mean that the genetic makeup of the donor and the recipient was 100% identical. Rather, what they mean to say is there was no mismatch in the six markers (antigens) that get checked during tissue typing. ...Read more