Finding out you need a transplant of some kind is an overwhelming and stressful time. It means you will go on the transplant waiting list in the hope that an organ suitable for you will become available. This in itself brings mixed feelings as very often it means someone else will have to die in order for the organ to become available.
No matter how long you are on the waiting list, the last thing you would expect if an organ does become available is for it to be infected. There are strict procedures in place that enable organs of this nature to be rejected as unsuitable, and rightly so. It is actually extremely unlikely for an infected organ transplant to take place, such is the nature of the measures and checks that are in place.
An organ transplant is very often seen as a new lease for life for many people. Many illnesses and conditions can result in an existing organ needing to be replaced for that person to have a better prognosis. The last thing you would want is to discover the organ finally became available, only to be proven to be infected in some way.
Is it common to receive an infected organ transplant?
Organ transplants take place as often as the supply of organs will allow. Despite the fact there is a waiting list for organs, medics take the very highest of care in choosing the most appropriate organs for each individual. If there is any chance of infection or a diseased organ is considered, it will promptly be rejected as being suitable for a transplant procedure. There are strict procedures in place to ensure they are safe to use. Infections are actually extremely rare in this way and most transplants are not affected.
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Date Published: November 30, 2014
Author: David Brown