Rejection – What Is It?


Rejection is a term used in Transplant recipients when the person’s own body defenses attack the transplanted organ – this is known as rejection.

 Every one has an immune system which helps fight viruses that make us ill.

 In a transplant patient because the transplanted organ is foreign  – the bodies own defence system sees it as a threat and therefore attacks the Heart, Liver, or whichever organ is transplanted.


Can It Be Treated?

Yes – there are certain medications which transplant patients are required to take known as anti-rejection drugs (Immunesupresants) such as Cyclosporin – Azathioprin (See medications page)

 These drugs control the white blood count and lower the immune system thus protecting the transplanted organ from rejection!


Symptoms of Rejection – What Should I do?

If you have undergone a Transplant there are a list of symptoms, which may indicate rejection these are:

1. Shortness of breath

2. Irregular heart beat- (Fast heart rate)

3. Breathing difficulties - (When lying flat)

4. Dry cough

5. Swollen ankles and feet

6. High temperature (Fever)

7. Lack of appetite.

8. Generally feeling unwell.


If you suspect you are suffering from rejection It is important to seek immediate help from your doctor – rejection if left can cause serious damage to the transplanted organ – so it’s important to deal with it quickly.

There are certain drugs that can be given to counter act the rejection such as Solimedrain- this is a powerful steroid, which is injected into the vain for over a period of three days and can be done at your hospital or local G.P.



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