An organ or stem cell transplant can weaken the body’s defenses against infections. NYU Langone physicians can prescribe regimens to help prevent infection after performing these procedures. They also promptly diagnose and appropriately treat people who develop such infections following transplantation.
An organ transplant may be part of the treatment for liver or kidney failure or other medical conditions. A stem cell transplant may be recommended as part of treatment for certain cancers such as multiple myeloma or lymphoma, or for other conditions such as sickle cell disease.
People who have a transplant need to take medications to keep the immune system from rejecting the transplanted organ or cells. These immunosuppressive medications leave the body more susceptible to a variety of bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.
NYU Langone doctors take preventive measures to minimize the chances of infection after a transplant. They also have the expertise to promptly recognize the signs of an infection and provide efficient treatment.
Medication is the first treatment for people who have developed an infection after stem cell or organ transplantation. The medication prescribed is based on the type of infection a person has. Sometimes, an infection site may need to be surgically cleaned.
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