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World's smallest liver-kidney transplant saves toddler's life
By Lynn Hetzler
Aspen Erickson was only 2 months old when doctors diagnosed her with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. Her parents watched helplessly as their little girl experienced seizures and weight loss. To have a chance at a normal life, Erickson would need a combined liver-kidney transplant. At 16 months old, Erickson received her transplant in a six-hour procedure at University of Utah Health Care. At the time of the procedure, the physicians did not realize Erickson would be the youngest person ever to undergo the procedure.
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Neutralizing antibodies for safer organ transplants
Serious complications can arise following kidney transplants. If dialysis is required within the first seven days, then the transplanted organ is said to have a Delayed Graft Function, and essentially been rejected by the body's immune system. The risk of DGF increases the longer the blood supply has been cut off from the kidney. While there is currently no specific treatment for DGF, an EU-funded project entitled MABSOT has developed a novel drug — OPN-305 — which can reduce both the incidence and severity of this condition. The project, completed in September 2014, could lead to safer, more effective surgical procedures and thus healthier patients.
SIUT opens organ transplantation theater named after Edhi
The News International
Renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi recently inaugurated a transplant-cum-operation theater, dedicated to him and Bilquis Edhi, at the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT).
Contributed for by the Edhi Trust, the complex was made for people who did not have adequate resources to acquire treatment regarding organ failure.
Saudi citizens warned against organ transplant scams
Arab News via Yahoo Maktoob News
The director general of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, Faissal Shaheen, warned citizens against being duped by international scam networks that use the Internet to advertise financially appealing offers for organ transplantation.
Kidney transplant: Surgeons carry out 1st European keyhole kidney transplant
Surgeons at the Royal Liverpool Hospital have carried out a kidney transplant using keyhole surgery. It is the first time the procedure has been performed in Europe.
The technique, originally developed in India, offers patients the chance of a much faster recovery after the operation.
Normally a kidney transplant would involve serious open surgery and a sizable incision to perform the transplant.
Immunization rates low among kidney transplant candidates
Immunization rates for common vaccine-preventable infections were low among kidney transplant candidates, according to data presented at IDWeek 2014. "The best time to vaccinate this population is before transplantation," Ankit Parikh, M.D., of Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, told Infectious Disease News. "If you vaccinate them, you can prevent post-transplant infections … if you do the right thing at the right time."
18 kidney transplants in 1 year; White paper on organ donation due in coming months
The Malta Independent
Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne announced that the government is currently working to publish a white paper on organ donation. Chris Fearne said that, "this white paper will lead to the first organ donation law in Malta and it will be published in the coming months".
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