You may need an organ transplant if one of your organs has failed. This can happen because of illness or injury. When you have an organ transplant, doctors remove an organ from another person and place it in your body. The organ may come from a living donor or a donor who has died.
The organs that can be transplanted include
You often have to wait a long time for an organ transplant. Doctors must match donors to recipients to reduce the risk of transplant rejection. Rejection happens when your immune system attacks the new organ. If you have a transplant, you must take drugs the rest of your life to help keep your body from rejecting the new organ.
- Organ Transplantation: Frequently Asked Questions (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Partnering with Your Transplant Team: The Patient's Guide to Transplantation (Health Resources and Services Administration, United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- The Organ Transplant Process (Health Resources and Services Administration) Also in Spanish
- What Every Patient Needs to Know (United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- Matching Organs (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Older Adults and People with Cancer, Diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Organ Transplants, and Autoimmune Diseases (Food and Drug Administration)
- Organ Transplant Patients and Fungal Infections (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Xenotransplantation (Food and Drug Administration)
- Before the Transplant (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Organ Transplantation (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: The Endothelial Glycocalyx and Organ Preservation-From Physiology to Possible Clinical Implications...
- Article: Risk factors for unfavorable outcome and impact of early post-transplant infection...
- Article: Attitude and potential benefits of modern information and communication technology use...
- Organ Transplantation -- see more articles
- Organ Facts (United Network for Organ Sharing)
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- Organ Transplants: What Every Kid Needs to Know (United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- Organ Donation and Transplantation for Older Donors and Recipients: Resources from the U.S. Government (National Institute on Aging)
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