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Rabies cases probably linked to kidney donor in China: Study | Outbreak News Today

Rabies cases probably linked to kidney donor in China: Study | Outbreak News Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
It appears that two renal transplant recipients have been diagnosed with rabies which appears to have been transmitted by a deceased donor in Southern China.

More on the case can be viewed via this link  - https://t.co/qtRj4wyksm
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Encephalitis in a potential organ donor can be due to an infectious agent and hence is usually a contraindication to organ donation proceeding.
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Simple steps can safeguard against Ebola transmission through organ donation in the United States

Simple steps can safeguard against Ebola transmission through organ donation in the United States | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

While serious infections can be transmitted from donated organs, the risk of passing Ebola virus disease from an organ donor to a recipient is extremely small.

 

This is the conclusion reached by researchers in the United States in a recent editorial published in the American Journal of Transplantation.

 

As there is no readily available blood test available in all regions which could provide a rapid answer to whether or not a potential organ donor was harboring Ebola a safer strategy is to rely on the donors' recent history.

Deborah Verran's insight:

Steps are being taken within the United States to put safeguards in place across the organ donation system to prevent Ebola transmission occurring.

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Transplant patient wins payout over kidney from donor with cancer

Transplant patient wins payout over kidney from donor with cancer | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported via The Guardian in the United Kingdom that Robert Law (pictured) aged, 62, had to undergo six cycles of chemotherapy after receiving a kidney from woman who had lymphoma http://t.co/EKEVGfRdug)...

 

More background information on the case can be found by clicking on the link

Deborah Verran's insight:

Comprehensive processes are required in organ donation systems to prevent the overlooking of critical information which can then lead to adverse consequences

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A patient has 'caught' a kiwi fruit allergy from a bone marrow transplant

A patient has 'caught' a kiwi fruit allergy from a bone marrow transplant | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it
This is the first proof that this particular type of transplant procedure can lead to the spread of specific food allergies from the donor to the recipient. The fact that the allergy developed in the recipient reflects transmission of the cells responsible for the immune response that underpins the particular allergy in question.

Similar cases have been reported on occasion in liver transplant recipients.
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Two kidney transplant patients die after each receives a new organ harbouring an unusual parasite

Two kidney transplant patients die after each receives a new organ harbouring an unusual parasite | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Two adult males,Darren Hughes and Robert 'Jim' Stuart died less than three weeks after what they believed would be life-saving kidney transplant surgery.

 

Preliminary investigations have determined that the donor organs may have been harboring a rare form of parasite and that this parasite then led to severe illness in each of the two men.

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The results of several investigations are now awaited. As outlined in the online report this is an extremely rare infection and has previously only been described in a small number of cases.

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