Kidney transplant

Kidney transplant

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This image is part of the sequence Healthcare: surgeons perform a kidney transplant operation


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Caption: Kidney transplant. Image 6 of 8. Close-up surgeons performing a kidney transplant operation. The donor kidney has been attached. It is such a pale colour because no blood has entered it yet. As blood begins to enter the kidney it will turn pink. Kidneys are transplanted to replace a failing or failed kidney. In this case the patient has polycystic kidney disease, one of the most common causes of chronic kidney failure in adults. Kidney transplants have a high success rate, although recipients do need to take immunosuppressant drugs for the rest of their life to prevent rejection. The donor kidney may come from a living or recently deceased donor and can be kept viable outside of the body for several days. For a sequence of images showing a kidney transplant see M575/085 to M575/092.

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