By Hannah Gilligan, David M. Venesy, Fredric D. Gordon
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A normal liver has no damage or scar tissue. As damage caused by disease progresses, liver cells die and turn into scar cells. Initially, only minimal scarring or fibrosis is present (stage 1). QXP 6/18/10 1:58 PM Page 48 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT LIVER, HEART, AND KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION advance to stage 2, then to stage 3, and ultimately to stage 4 or cirrhosis. Cirrhosis rarely causes signs and symptoms in its early stages. When liver function deteriorates, fatigue, exhaustion, nausea, weight loss, and swelling in the legs and abdomen may occur.
This is called engrafting. Without immunosuppressive medications your immune system would recognize your transplant as a foreign invader and try to destroy it. You will be closely followed after your transplant. We suspect rejection when your serum creatinine rises. Rejection is diagnosed on a tissue sample. We obtain the tissue sample by doing a kidney transplant biopsy. In a kidney transplant biopsy a small needle is inserted into your kidney transplant to remove a small piece of kidney. The tissue is examined under a microscope for signs of rejection.
Is there another program available for incompatible living donors and recipients? Another program for incompatible live donor and recipient is a list exchange. An incompatible living donor provides a kidney to the transplant hospital’s deceased donor waiting list. In exchange, the recipient moves to the top of the region’s waiting list for their ABO blood group. To be eligible for the list exchange, it must be the recipient’s first deceased donor transplant. The recipient must be on dialysis and unsensitized (not have a high level of antibodies in their blood so that it would be difficult to match a kidney).
100 Questions & Answers About Liver, Heart, and Kidney Transplantation: A Lahey Clinic Guide by Hannah Gilligan, David M. Venesy, Fredric D. Gordon