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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Transplant Problems

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

[posted 01/22/2000]
Question: My son has been taking neoral and imuran for 4 years now due to a heart transplant. He is now having trouble with his kidneys. He is going to be tested. What types of problems can he have with his kidneys, and what can be done about it? What can be the long term affects, he is only 4.

Answer: The drugs used to treat organ rejection can affect renal function and cause renal failure. His physicians will have to determine if the drugs are responsible and if he can use an alternative that is less renal toxic. Pretty common problem unfortunately.

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