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Will I Have To Take Medications The Rest Of My Life After My Kidney Transplant
Yes: Since the donated kidney is a "foreign" tissue, your body will reject the organ unless you suppress your immunity to some degree. These medications called immunosuppressants are generally required for lifetime but amount may decrease over the years.Your doctor monitors and determines the type and dose. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Could you tell me what happens if a person forgets to take his medication after a liver and kidney transplant?
Rejection risk: Unless the txps came from an identical twin or clone, they are genetically different from you. Your immune system is tricked into ignoring their presence by meds prescribed to prevent rejection. Not taking a med, lets the drug level drop, and the portion of the immune response that should be blocked, to begin functioning. Take the missed dose as soon as possible. If it is mult. Doses, call your md. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What if i forgot to take my moring dosage but took it right away after 8 hrs is that fine? anti-rejections for kidney transplant
Important: Remember, it is of the greatest importance that you try to take your immunosuppressant medications in a timely fashion. It's administered that way so that your blood levels are appropriate to protect the transplant and minimize adverse effects of too high a drug level. Please review this with your transplant nephrologist to have a plan for issues like this in the future. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hard to say.: Immunosuppression medications are necessary to prevent the body from attacking the transplanted kidney. If the medications are stopped, the body begins to attack (reject) the organ and the kidney will eventually fail. Once this happens, dialysis will need to be started. Many factors affect the rate at which the body attacks the kidney, making an exact answer to your question difficult. ...Read more
Yes: As long as everything is going well it is safe. If it is along flight make sure you get up and move around to avoid blood clots in your legs. Let your transplant team know that you are planning a trip and let them know where and how long you will be gone. Most importantly don't forget your medication! ...Read more
While Kidney Works: The transplanted kidney is made of genetically different "stuff" than you. This will never change. Your immune system won't get used to the kidney - although this is a dream we may some day accomplish with newer medications/treatments. With the tools/drugs currently available you must plan/accept the need to continuously take immunosuppression unless the kidney fails - which we hope won't happen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If a kidney transplant fails after 3 years, can the patient go back to dialysis to stay alive? Do the immunosuppressant medications need to be cont?
No: The sole purpose for the immunosuppression is to keep the body from rejecting the graft and thus there is no reason to keep taking it if the transplant is no longer functioning. Yes you will need to get dialysis while waiting for another transplant. Best to check with your nephrologist to see if there may still be some residual function in the transplant before you stop the IS drug. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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