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If someone gets a heart transplant, is it true that they can develop the old heart-owner's characteristics?

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Dr. George Loss
Surgery - Transplant
6 doctors agree

In brief: No but:

Certain food allergies have been transferred from donor to recipient (e.
g. Peanut allergy). This is thought to be due to cells responsible for the allergic reaction (mast cells) being transplanted as passenger cells along with the transplanted organ. But on the whole, no.

In brief: No but:

Certain food allergies have been transferred from donor to recipient (e.
g. Peanut allergy). This is thought to be due to cells responsible for the allergic reaction (mast cells) being transplanted as passenger cells along with the transplanted organ. But on the whole, no.
Dr. George Loss
Dr. George Loss
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Dr. Charles Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: No.

No.

In brief: No.

No.
Dr. Charles Jost
Dr. Charles Jost
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2 doctors agree

In brief: No

This is an urban legend or old tale.
Solid organs can transmit diseases such as viral infections or cancers, but not characteristics like hair color, voice patterns, memories, favorite tastes, etc.

In brief: No

This is an urban legend or old tale.
Solid organs can transmit diseases such as viral infections or cancers, but not characteristics like hair color, voice patterns, memories, favorite tastes, etc.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Mark Stern
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

No, but it makes for a good movie.

In brief: No

No, but it makes for a good movie.
Dr. Mark Stern
Dr. Mark Stern
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