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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Organs

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Organ Disposal
Question: How are diseased organs disposed when removed from the body?

Answer: Usually burned to ash and disposed in a medical dump area.

Question: How many organs are in the human body?

Answer: It depends on how one classifies an organ. Define your terms.

Animal organ transplants in humans
Question: I am a High School senior doing a report for my technology strand. The topic which I chose to write about is how technology is affecting the search for a cure for HIV. Because my topic is so broad I have pointed it in the direction of the xenotransplant. The FDA has approved the experiment and I would like to know your personal opinion about the experimentation.

Answer: I have never been a big fan of organ transplants from animals. I personally think that too much of the medical dollar is expended on "big ticket" items. In a time of shrinking resources for medical care, spending $500,000 or so on a temporary fix seems ill advised to me. I personally prefer some basic research in basic disease treatments, which will make organ transplants irrelevant over the long term.

Question: What is the largest organ in the body?

Answer: The skin is usually considered the largest organ. Organ Rejection
Question: About a month ago I heard on the evening news that the US military had come up with a drug that would make organ rejection a thing of the past, or they discovered a gene that would prevent organ rejection. Which ever it was it applied to just about every organ. Could you please let me know where I could find more information on the subject.

Answer: Haven't heard this one. I'd contact the news program you were watching for a follow up address.
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