Anatomy of a transplant: 13 lives, 17 days

Some members of the Pediatric Transplant Center team who performed a record number of transplants in January pose for a picture. It was “lucky 13” for the Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatric Transplant Center this January. Thirteen lives were saved by organ transplantation. Seven kidneys, three hearts, two livers and one pair of lungs were transplanted during the record-breaking month. So what does it take to perform 13 transplants in 17 days? “It takes a team,” says Dr. Heung Bae Kim, director of the Boston Children’s Pediatric Transplant Center. “We are very fortunate to have the talent and the resources necessary, so that when we call and say, ‘We have this many kids coming in for transplants,’ the team is ready, no matter what.” Sixteen-year-old TJ Gregory is one of the lucky 13. He received a heart transplant in mid-January. He had been on the waiting list since October. Born with a serious heart defect called transposition of the great arteries, in which two main arteries leaving the heart are reversed, TJ has struggled with heart issues his entire life. At 40 days old, he had already undergone two open-heart surgeries. “I was watching a playoff game on TV when Dr. [Elizabeth] Blume (medical director, Boston Children’s Heart Transplant Program) called and asked what I was doing,” says TJ’s dad Todd Gregory, “I told her I was watching the game and she said, ‘Do you think...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Diseases & Conditions Health & Wellness Our Patients’ Stories double lung transplant Heart Center heart transplant Heart transplant program kidney transplant Liver transplant Lung Transplant Program Pediatric Transplant Center (PTC) Source Type: news

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Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Conditions Allergies & Immunology Infectious Disease Source Type: blogs
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) The first large-scale clinical trial to study kidney transplantations between people with HIV has begun at clinical centers across the United States. The HOPE in Action Multicenter Kidney Study will determine the safety of this practice by evaluating kidney recipients for potential transplant-related and HIV-related complications following surgery. The study is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health.
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Condition:   Hiv Intervention:   Other: HIV D+/R+ Sponsors:   Johns Hopkins University;   National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Not yet recruiting
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Source: Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Session Title: Poster Session PM Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: Transplantation-acquired food allergies (TAFA) are frequently reported and considered to be caused by immunosuppressive therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the allergic and immunologic responses in children who had liver or kidney transplantations. METHODS: Twelve children receiving liver transplantations and 10 children receiving kidney transplantations were investigated. All children underwent the allergy work-up and in most of them, lymphocyte screening and serum cytokine measurements were also performed. RESULTS: TAFA were found in 7/12 (58%) children with liver tra...
Source: Allergologia et Immunopathologia - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Allergol Immunopathol (Madr) Source Type: research
Kidney transplantation is associated with a recruitment of immune cells into the allograft mediated by release of multiple chemokines from parenchymal cells, endothelium and immune cells.The aim of this study was to correlate serum levels of selected chemokines with proportions of immune cells in the peripheral blood of kidney allograft recipients.
Source: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Source Type: research
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