Transplantation & Immunosuppressant Drugs: Overview

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Organ transplantation (including blood transfusions) may be the only lifesaving option available to a patient suffering from organ failure. While today's transplantation techniques are better than ever, the supply of organs available for transplant continues to be the weak link in the system. Some transplants, such as kidneys and bone marrow, can come from living donors. Most however, such as heart, lung, and liver, must come from deceased organ donors.

Complicating the transplantation effort is the need to match the tissue types of both the donor and the recipient. Even if the tissue is matched as closely as possible, the recipient's body may still try to reject the transplanted organ. In order to avoid such rejection, the body's immune system must be suppressed. This suppression may be accomplished by administering immunosuppressant drugs. If these drugs are not administered correctly, or the patient is not monitored closely, the transplanted organ(s) may be rejected.

View sub-topics at right to learn more about some specific immunosuppressant drugs and some of the drugs' more serious adverse side effects.

See Also

  1. Prescription & Over-the-Counter Drugs: Overview
  2. Rapamune / Sirolimus
  3. SangCya & Neoral: Overview
  4. Simulect / Basiliximab
  5. Zenapax / Daclizumab
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