Batteling of life threatening disease

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  1. wdlove macrumors P6

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  2. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus

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    Wow. That's amazing. I hope they keep up with him to show his progress.

    At least the death risk is low for him, but what's the ratio of rejection for this type of operation?
     
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    great post wdlove, keep us posted with the progress if they do any followups :D
     
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    I found on article that indicated a 53.4% success rate with a pancreas transplant. The rejection needs to be caught early in order to have success. They often do a kidney and panreas transplant simultaneously, because it is easier to detect rejection in the kidney. The urine flow decreases.

    Anatomy http://www.pancreastransplant.org/

    Success of up to 77% when done with a Kidney transplant.
    http://www.umm.edu/news/releases/news-releases-30.html
     
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    A good friend of my mom's had a kidney donation from her husband. She's got lupus, and has been thru a lot in the past 10 years or so.

    She had the transplant 5 or 6 years ago I think, and earlier this year her body started rejecting it. Sad. :(
     
  6. wdlove thread starter macrumors P6

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    I'm sorry to hear about your Mom's friend eyelikeart. I worked in a Kidney Transplant Unit for about 2 years. We had 2 live donor transplants during my time. Both were sucessful at the time. One was a mother and daughter, the other were brothers. It is actually a more painful surgery for the donor. You can't imagine what a happy time is is to see the urine flowing.

    It reminded me of the show that I saw on "NightLine" Friday December 26th. "The Ultimate Gift" it was a live donation, a brother gave 60% of his liver to his brother. There is risk for both in this surgery, unlike with a kidney. For the donor the liver does have great power of regeneration.

    They do have a lot of new anti rejection drugs that might help. I pray that she will be successful!

    http://abcnews.go.com/Sections/Nightline/
     

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