What signs or symptoms should I watch for after a kidney transplant?

After a kidney transplant you should watch for the following signs or symptoms, which could indicate rejection and need to be reported to your doctor immediately:
  • decreased urine output
  • increased weight
  • increased blood pressure
  • swelling of hands and feet
  • increased temperature (over 100 degrees)
  • flu-like symptoms (body aches)
  • swelling or tenderness to new kidney 
Even though you are taking your medicines every day, you may still develop rejection of a kidney transplant. You need to know your body very well. If you have any of the following, you should call your transplant center right away:
  • a drop in your urine output
  • a fever above 100 F degrees
  • tenderness of your new kidney
  • bloody urine
  • flu-like feelings
  • weight gain (more than three pounds in two days)
The transplant center will probably ask you to have some blood tests and maybe other tests. The long-term success of your kidney transplant depends largely on careful follow-up and a good working relationship between you and your transplant team.

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