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How long would someone be on immunosuppression meds after a transplant?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
3 doctors agree

In brief: For the organ's life

The transplanted organ will never change its genetic identity - it will always be made of different dna than you.
Your immune system will ultimately recover from the drugs you took, recognize the organ as "foreign" and reject it. Although a very small percentage of people can get away without taking the meds, we cannot predict who. For this reason, you must plan to take them forever.

In brief: For the organ's life

The transplanted organ will never change its genetic identity - it will always be made of different dna than you.
Your immune system will ultimately recover from the drugs you took, recognize the organ as "foreign" and reject it. Although a very small percentage of people can get away without taking the meds, we cannot predict who. For this reason, you must plan to take them forever.
Dr. Amy Friedman
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: Usually life long

Most transplant recipients need to be on immunosuppresive medication for the rest of their lives.
In a small number, microchimerism may induce tolerance and allow the person to get off medication.

In brief: Usually life long

Most transplant recipients need to be on immunosuppresive medication for the rest of their lives.
In a small number, microchimerism may induce tolerance and allow the person to get off medication.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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