Recovery & Support for Infections After Stem Cell or Organ Transplants

At NYU Langone, most people recover fully from post-transplant infections after appropriate treatment. People who take medication typically notice a reduction in their symptoms within a few days after beginning treatment. It is important to continue taking medication as recommended by your doctor, even if symptoms diminish, in order to ensure the infection clears completely.

However, some people may experience a reinfection and need additional treatment, such as stronger medications or surgery to clean an infected wound. Most recurrences of infection occur one to three weeks after discontinuing antibiotic or antifungal therapy.

If you’re being treated for a post-transplant infection, your healthcare providers at NYU Langone take steps to prevent further infection by wearing gloves and gowns and always washing their hands. During a hospital stay, visitors can protect you from infection by washing their hands before and after entering your room. Visitors may be asked to wear protective gowns and gloves to help prevent the spread of infection to other people in the hospital.

People who have had either stem cell or organ transplantation follow up frequently with their doctors. The immune system may be weak for several months after a transplant. Doctors carefully evaluate how well immunosuppressant medications are working and monitor for any side effects.

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