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Monday, December 27, 2010

Blood Group Incompatible Transplantation

If the blood groups of the donor and recipient don't match, it is possible to transplant patients in this situation using specialized techniques:
  • The procedure starts with simple blood tests to assess blood group and antibody levels. 
  • A drug called Rituximab to help remove antibody-producing cells. 
  • Antibodies from the blood are removed by a procedure similar to dialysis, called immunoadsorption. 
  • Once the antibody levels are lowered sufficiently, transplantation can take place. 
  • After transplantation, the physicians continue to monitor the antibodies, but further treatments are usually not necessary.

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