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What problems may occur after a kidney-pancreas transplant?

The main problems that may occur after a kidney-pancreas transplant are infection and rejection. In order to prevent rejection, it is important to take your medicine exactly as ordered by your doctor. The symptoms of rejection you need to watch for may include tenderness around the transplanted organs, decreased urine output, increase in blood sugar level, fever, belly pain and vomiting.

If you have any of these symptoms, speak to your transplant team right away. You will be evaluated regularly at the transplant center. Sometimes, early symptoms of rejection are hard to notice, but they can be found in your blood work and treated. Most kidney-pancreas transplant patients will have a rejection episode during the first few months, and they will need to return to the hospital for treatment.

The medications you need to take to prevent rejection lower your body's immune defenses, which increases your chance of getting an infection. This risk is higher right after your transplant because the doses of your medications are higher. During this time, it is important to avoid large crowds and people who are sick, especially with contagious illnesses such as colds or flu. You should wash your hands often. After a while, the doses of your medicines will be reduced, reducing your chance of getting infections.

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