kidney transplants

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  • Kidney transplants
    • For most patients a kidney transplant is a better option that dialysis. The diseased kidney is replaced by a healthy one
    • Kidneys may be obtained from a victim of a fatal accident or sometimes  living donors
    • The new kidney must be a very good tissue match to prevent rejection
    • There a proteins called antigens on the surface of cells. The recipients antibodies mat attack the antigens on the donor organ because the recognise them as being foreign
    • Following the transplant the recipient must take drug to suppress the immune response to prevent rejection. these are called immunosuppresant drugs
    • Despite the advantages of a transplant, there are some risks from operations. Treatment before and following the transplant involves suppressing the patient's immune system, which leave them vulnerable to common infections


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