The Immune System and Organ Transplant: What You Should Know
The Immune System and Organ Transplant
- Hyperacute rejection—Rare, but can occur within minutes of a transplant.
- Acute rejection—Can occur a few weeks after a transplant, but the greatest risk is within the first six months after the transplant.
- Chronic rejection—Can occur months after a transplant. The cause is unknown, but it may be linked to non-adherence to antirejection medications
What to Expect After an Organ Transplant
Health care After Organ Transplant Surgery
Additional Health Concerns
National Institutes of Health http://www.nih.gov
The United Network for Organ Sharing http://www.unos.org
Canadian Association of Transplantation http://www.transplant.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 10/2013 -
- Update Date: 10/16/2013 -
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