Blood tests are necessary to transplant
patients, as the doctors are able to monitor the drugs which each individual
transplant recipient many take.
My blood tests
Anti rejection test: The doctors are able to monitor the
Cyclosporin within my blood.
Liver and Kidney functions: These tests are carried out to check
what effect the ani-rejection drugs are having on my kidneys.
As I take medications
that can effect other areas of my body such as Amiodarone It is sometimes
required that I take a thiroid blood test.
are also a number of other blood tests which some recipients may require
(Don't worry your doctors will decide which blood tests you will require....
Sodium – (Iron electrolyte) and is important in the condition of nerves
Potassium – important for
the function of nerves, the kidneys control the levels in the body. (Liver and
Kidney test). Medications such as diuretics can lower the levels in the body
whereas Ace inhibitors used for hypertension may raise the levels.
Glucose- Taken to measure the sugar levels within the blood and is
usually tested by fasting (No food for 12 hours)
Carotene – Is a waste product of protein metabolism and is tested liver
and Kidney blood test.
5. Calcium – Is important
for the function of the heart.