Your body’s immune system protects against germs and disease. A healthy immune system fights viruses and bacteria to keep you from getting ill or help you get better. Your body thinks your new kidney does not belong there and will try to fight it like a cold or the flu. After a transplant, your immune system will be lowered because of the powerful drugs you will be taking. These drugs make sure your body does not attack the kidney.
These things are especially important right after the transplant when your immune system is very low.
A rejection episode is when your body’s immune system thinks the donor kidney is foreign and attempts to harm it. It DOES NOT mean you will lose the new kidney. You will be admitted to the hospital for further testing, since rejection is typically diagnosed by a kidney biopsy.
Signs of a rejection episode include:
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Location and clinic hours
Kidney Transplant Clinic
Outpatient Care Center
5th Floor, Suite B
555 S. 18th Street
Columbus, OH 43205
2nd and 4th Monday of the month
Kidney Transplant Resources
Kappa Kidney Camp