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An unexpected microbe is lethal for some organ transplant recipents - Science /AAAS

An unexpected microbe is lethal for some organ transplant recipents - Science /AAAS | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

A just released research study points the finger at a certain type of bacteria that can cause a lethal increase in the ammonia levels of lung transplant recipients which can then lead on to death.

 

For the first time as the result of scientific detective work the organisms concerned (Ureaplasma type bacteria), appear to become problematic for lung transplant recipients if they become infected with them.

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A significant break through in determining a cause for some of the unexplained deaths in lung transplant recipients

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Deadly Parasitic Roundworms Transmitted Through Organ Transplants [PHOTOS] - Medical Daily

Deadly Parasitic Roundworms Transmitted Through Organ Transplants [PHOTOS] - Medical Daily | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Reported online via Medical Daily:
Deadly Parasitic Roundworms (Strongyloides stercoralis) Transmitted Through Organ Transplants [complete with graphics and PHOTOS].


The heart recipient, a 59-year-old with weakened heart muscles, came down with a respiratory illness seven weeks after the transplant. To read more on the outcomes of all of the recipients of the donor organs from this one donor, click on the banner headline

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An unusual case of disease transmission via organs from one deceased donor with unrecognised parasitic threadworm infection

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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.

Deborah Verran's insight:

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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