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Transplants

Introduction: Transplants

Transplants involve the transfer of human body cells or organs from one person to another. The most well-known transplants are full organ transplants such as kidney transplants, liver transplants, lung transplants, and heart transplants. However, there are actually many types of transplants:

The most common type of transplants are from one person to another. Other types of transplants are:

  • Autologous transplants - The transfer of cells from the same person back to themself. Common examples are hair transplants, skin grafts, or self-blood transfusions (e.g. own blood stored prior to use in a scheduled surgical operation). These self-transplants avoid the possiblity of transplant rejection or GVHD as complications of a transplant.
  • Xenotransplants - The transplant of animal cells or organs, such as from pigs.

Transplants and contagion: Yes, it is possible for a person receiving a transplant to get an infectious disease from a transplanted organ. However, it does not seem possible to contract cancer or autoimmunity from a transplant. Perhaps it is theoretically possible, but such cases are very rare.

Transplants and genetic diseases: One interesting factor about transplants is that they have different DNA to the person receiving the transplant. This makes transplants an effective treatment for some genetic diseases. For example, a person with cystic fibrosis who receives a lung transplant (or a double lung transplant) will no longer have CF-related lung problems in the transplanted lung.

Basic Information: Transplants

Count: Transplants is listed as a: treatment for 100 conditions; alternative treatment for 0 conditions; preventive treatment for 0 conditions; research treatment for 9 conditions.

Treatment types for Transplants: Bone marrow transplant (51), Liver transplant (20), kidney transplant (19), heart transplant (7), xenotransplant, corneal transplant (1), islet cell transplant, stem cell transplant (5)

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List of Diseases with Transplants as a Treatment

The following list of conditions have 'Transplants' or similar listed as a treatment in our database:

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List of Diseases with Transplants as a Research Treatment

The following list of conditions have 'Transplants' or similar listed as a research treatment or other research area in our database:

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  • Brain cancer ... bone marrow transplantation
  • Breast Cancer ... bone marrow transplantation, peripheral stem cell transplants, autologous bone marrow transplants

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  • Hodgkin's Disease ... peripheral stem cell transplantation, bone marrow transplantation

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