Subtle structural features in donated kidneys may predict risk of transplant failure

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered that subtle structural features in kidneys from living donors that can only be seen with a microscope may predict the risk of transplant failure in recipients. The findings are published online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. “We think that those subtle abnormalities in […]

Certain liver cells may help prevent organ rejection after transplant and other conditions, study finds

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mesenchymal stromal cells from fat tissue and bone marrow are widely used in therapeutic trials for their anti-inflammatory qualities, but new Mayo Clinic research finds that liver cells may be of greater value. The study, published in Liver Transplantation, finds that liver mesenchymal stromal cells have immunoregulatory qualities that make them more […]

Connecting Patients: Talk with people talking about transplants

The Transplants group on Mayo Clinic Connect is a place where people can meet and interact with living donors, people waiting for a transplant, transplant recipients and their caregivers. People are talking about heart, liver, kidney, pancreas, lung, hand, face, and blood and bone marrow transplant experiences. “It’s a huge help to have this group […]

Infographic: VAD and heart transplant

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Sharing Mayo Clinic: A double lung transplant means a new chance at life

When Tim Thomforde was diagnosed with COPD, his quality of life began to gradually decline, and he had to abandon many of the activities he enjoyed. Since undergoing a double lung transplant two years ago, however, Tim has had experiences he never dreamed possible when he was struggling with COPD. For Tim Thomforde, the difference […]

Infographic: MELD scores for liver transplants

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Sharing Mayo Clinic: Pedaling his way to a heart transplant

Greg Williams was faced with a choice. Cardiologists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester had told Greg the rare disease amyloidosis that had brought him into their care was progressing, and it would likely lead to life-threatening congestive heart failure within four years if he didn’t get a heart transplant. Greg could either go home to Lauderdale, Minnesota, and leave what might have been the […]

Infographic: Bone marrow transplant

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Mayo Clinic Q and A: Bone marrow transplants save lives — more donors are needed

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Who can be a bone marrow donor? What’s the process for becoming one? ANSWER: In general, anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 who’s in good health can be a bone marrow donor. To be considered, all you need to do is join the national registry of potential donors. People who […]

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Fecal transplant for treatment of Clostridium difficile

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’ve had recurring instances of C. diff. that normally is treated with antibiotics. I have read about fecal transplant as a potential treatment. How does this work? ANSWER: Clostridium difficile, also known as Clostridioides difficile and often called C. diff., is a bacterium that causes gastrointestinal symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening […]

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