Treatment
Biopsy slide of a healthy kidney
Biopsy slide showing rejection
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.

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Your organs do many things to keep you healthy If your organs don't work, you may need to have a transplant To get a transplant, you have to be tested You can't have a transplant unless someone donates an organ You will have to have surgery to place the new organ into your body Most people feel much better after having a transplant Most people feel much better after having a transplant Most people feel much better after having a transplant Home