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Organ and tissue transplant rejection

Recipients of organ or tissue transplants in South Carolina face the risk that their body's immune system may reject the transplant. Doctors can help to minimize the risk of this reaction by ensuring that the transplanted organ or tissue is a correct match for the recipient. Medicines can also be used to suppress the immune system and prevent a person's body from rejecting a newly transplanted organ.

After transplant surgery, a person's body may reject an organ because their immune system detects that the antigens on the cells of the organ do not match the body's antigens. This is less likely to happen if the organ donor and organ recipient have antigens that are very similar to each other.

Transplant rejection could take place within a few minutes of the completion of the procedure, sometime during the first three months after the transplant or gradually over many years. When a transplanted organ is being rejected, a person may experience flu-like symptoms such as nausea, coughing and shortness of breath. A patient may also notice a general feeling of discomfort and uneasiness, and the transplanted organ might cease functioning as it is supposed to. If medication is used to suppress the immune system response, it is usually needed for the rest of a person's life.

An individual who has had a chronic rejection to an organ transplant that cannot be treated with medicines might wonder if the transplanted organ was properly matched to their body. Someone with these kinds of questions might want to speak with an attorney about a possible medical malpractice claim. An attorney may be able to conduct an investigation to determine if there was any medical negligence involved in the organ transplant.

Source: National Institutes of Health, "Transplant rejection", accessed on Jan. 26, 2015

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