- 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.
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: