||Treatment for rejection is usually high doses
of intravenous (IV) steroids
every day for several days. If there is any doubt about the diagnosis
of rejection, a biopsy
(see slides at left) may be done. If the steroid treatment is not
effective, more potent forms of immunosuppression
are given. You will probably have to be in the hospital for this treatment.
In some instances where rejection canít be reversed, the
new kidney may need to be removed if it becomes painful, if you have fevers,
or if you have persistent blood in your urine. Rejection episodes
can be successfully treated, so having one doesnít necessarily mean the
new kidney will fail.