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 7 of 8. Close-up surgeons performing a kidney transplant operation. The donor kidney has been attached and blood is beginning to flow through it. Areas that have received blood flow are pink, while those that haven't yet are cream. 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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