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127 My good friend just received a heart-lung transplant. How long should I worry about the chance of rejection? He got his transplant 2 days ago.




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This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by mike_holloway@hotmail.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.

127 My good friend just received a heart-lung transplant. How long should I worry about the chance of rejection? He got his transplant 2 days ago.

Answer:
Since heart-lung recipients are not on immunosuppressive
(antirejection) medications before the transplant, your friend could
face acute rejection anytime until an adequate level of these
medications are attained. This is usually not life threatening and
initially, can be treated with an increase in their immunosuppressive
regimen or steroids.

Jan D. Manzetti, RN, PhD, Coordinator of Cardiothoracic Transplantation,
University of Pittsburgh

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