You may need an organ transplant if one of your organs has failed. This can happen because of illness or injury. When you have an organ transplant, doctors remove an organ from another person and place it in your body. The organ may come from a living donor or a donor who has died.
The organs that can be transplanted include:
You often have to wait a long time for an organ transplant. Doctors must match donors to recipients to reduce the risk of transplant rejection. Rejection happens when your immune system attacks the new organ. If you have a transplant, you must take drugs the rest of your life to help keep your body from rejecting the new organ.
- Organ Transplantation: Frequently Asked Questions (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- Partnering with Your Transplant Team: The Patient's Guide to Transplantation (Health Resources and Services Administration; United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- Talking about Transplantation: What Every Patient Needs to Know (United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- The Organ Transplant Process (Health Resources and Services Administration) Also in Spanish
- Before the Transplant (United Network for Organ Sharing)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Organ Transplantation (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Differential impact of opt-in, opt-out policies on deceased organ donation rates:...
- Article: A brief history of liver transplantation and transplant anesthesia.
- Article: Cytomegalovirus seroprevalence, infection, and disease in Chinese thoracic organ transplant recipients:...
- Organ Transplantation -- see more articles
- Organ Facts and Surgeries (United Network for Organ Sharing)
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- Organ Transplants: What Every Kid Needs to Know (United Network for Organ Sharing) - PDF
- Organ Donation -- You're Never Too Old to Make a Difference (National Institute on Aging)