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  • When Your Child Needs a Kidney Transplant
    however a kidney can come from a stranger who just wanted to help someone else A non living donor transplant occurs when someone who was an organ donor has died and their kidneys are used for transplantation This kind of transplant requires children in need of a new kidney to put their name on a waiting list until a suitable donor kidney is located Preparing for a Kidney Transplant If the doctor thinks your child should have a kidney transplant you will first go to a transplant hospital to find out if he or she is a good candidate for the procedure The health care team there will do an extensive medical evaluation to see if your child is healthy enough to have surgery and tolerate the medicines he or she will have to take for life If a transplant is a good choice for your child a donor kidney will be needed In some cases donor kidneys come from a close relative or friend who has the same type blood and tissue and whose organs are similar in size to the child s If a living donor can t be found your child s name will be added to a waiting list until a suitable kidney from a non living donor is found Organ Waiting List A group called the United Network for Organ Sharing UNOS oversees the organ list and determines who gets the organs that are donated They do this based on a score that represents how sick someone is and how quickly the person needs a new kidney Organs are also assigned based on who is the best match for the organ donated for instance the organ is the right size for the person s body and the donor has the same blood type as the recipient As you wait for a kidney help your child stay as healthy as possible This will help improve your child s quality of life and ensure that he or she is ready for transplant surgery when the time comes Make sure your child eats a healthy diet gets regular exercise and takes all medications as directed And get to all medical appointments on time especially if your child is undergoing dialysis Let the doctor and the transplant center know right away if there are any changes in your child s health and make sure they know how to reach you at a moment s notice When a kidney is located it will be important to move quickly so keep your child s hospital bag packed and ready to go Your child may have to wait to find a kidney that is a good match Unfortunately no one knows how long that wait will be It could be just a few days or it could be years Waiting is hard so consider finding a support group of parents whose kids have had transplants or are waiting for transplants To find a local group talk to your doctor or the social

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/health-articles/when-your-child-needs-a-kidney-transplant/ (2015-03-26)
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  • When Your Child Needs a Liver Transplant
    of a new liver will regenerate enough liver tissue to have a normal sized liver within a few weeks of transplantation Determining When Surgery Is Needed If your doctor thinks your child might benefit from a liver transplant you ll be referred to a transplant center There a team of surgeons liver specialists hepatologists a transplant coordinator nurses nutritionists psychologists and social workers will evaluate your child to determine whether he or she is a good candidate for the procedure The evaluation will include a medical history a physical examination and some tests including blood tests and imaging tests such as an abdominal ultrasound or CT scan To check the liver more closely the doctors also might perform a biopsy in which a sample of the liver is removed to be examined under a microscope During the evaluation the transplant team will try to find out as much information about your child as possible This is also a time for you and your child to learn about transplant surgery The transplant team is there to provide information and support Be sure to ask them questions if you don t understand something Waiting for an Organ If the transplant team decides that a liver transplant is the right treatment your child will be placed on an organ waiting list This list has the names of all people who are waiting for organ transplants About 17 000 Americans are on the waiting list for a liver transplant including more than 500 children A group called the United Network for Organ Sharing UNOS is in charge of overseeing this list and determining who gets the organs that are donated They do this based on a score that represents how sick someone is and how quickly the person needs a new liver The score for children is known as the pediatric end stage liver disease or PELD score Organs are also assigned based on which person on the waiting list is the best match for the organ donated That means that the organ is the right size for the person s body and the donor has the same blood type as the recipient Your child may have to wait to find a liver that is a good match Unfortunately no one knows how long that wait will be It could be just a few days or it could be years Waiting can be hard It can help to find a support group of parents whose children have had transplants or are waiting for transplants To find a group in your area talk to your child s doctor or the social worker at the hospital or check online Getting the Call When a liver becomes available that is a good match your family will be notified by phone or pager and you will need to go to the hospital right away Because this could happen at any time you should always be prepared When you get to the hospital the transplant team will prepare your

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/health-articles/when-your-child-needs-a-liver-transplant/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Locations
    Hospital Stay Pay Your Bill Financial Assistance Medical Records Health Information Exchanges MyChart About Us Who We Are Newsroom Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Health Safety Health Library Ask Your Nurse Videos Safety Store at Rady Children s Rethink Your Drink Injury Prevention Growing Up Columns Locations Main Campus Satellite Locations Emergency Urgent Care Programs Services KidSTART Locations KidSTART Locations KidSTART Locations Locations 3665 Kearny Villa Road Suite

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/programs-services/kidstart/locations/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Team
    Store at Rady Children s Rethink Your Drink Injury Prevention Growing Up Columns Locations Main Campus Satellite Locations Emergency Urgent Care Programs Services Laboratory Services Pathology Team Rady Children s Specialists Laboratory Services Pathology Team Laboratory Services Pathology Team Services Research For Medical Professionals Resources Locations Team Our team includes board certified pathologists a large laboratory staff of licensed medical technologists and medical laboratory assistants phlebotomists and administrative staff Robert

    Original URL path: http://www.rchsd.org/programs-services/laboratory-services-pathology/team/ (2015-03-26)
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  • Research
    Rady Children s Specialists Laboratory Services Pathology Research Laboratory Services Pathology Team Services Research For Medical Professionals Resources Locations Research Our team conducts advanced research on a variety of pediatric diseases including sudden infant death syndrome SIDS pediatric gastrointestinal and liver disease and pediatric cancers Linda Ellis M D Dr Ellis research interests include pediatric gastrointestinal and liver disease pediatric hematology pediatric clinical chemistry and point of care testing Henry F Krous M D Dr Krous research interests include SIDS and childhood and renal disease He has authored more than 120 articles and 80 abstracts and edited three books He has been invited to give nearly 100 lectures in the United States Europe New Zealand and Australia Denise M Malicki M D Ph D Dr Malicki has authored several articles including Pulmonary Lipoblastoma in a 17 Month Old Male A Unique Lung Tumor in Children and Influence of Mutation Type and X Chromosome Inactivation on Rett Syndrome Phenotypes Robert O Newbury M D Dr Newbury is a member of the Pediatric Oncology Group and The International Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Researchers TIGERS He is co author of several published articles on eosinophilic esophagitis including Mast cells infiltrate the esophageal smooth muscle in

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  • For Medical Professionals
    Records Health Information Exchanges MyChart About Us Who We Are Newsroom Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Health Safety Health Library Ask Your Nurse Videos Safety Store at Rady Children s Rethink Your Drink Injury Prevention Growing Up Columns Locations Main Campus Satellite Locations Emergency Urgent Care Programs Services Laboratory Services Pathology For Medical Professionals Rady Children s Specialists Laboratory Services Pathology For Medical Professionals Laboratory Services Pathology Team

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  • Resources
    Health Information Exchanges MyChart About Us Who We Are Newsroom Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Health Safety Health Library Ask Your Nurse Videos Safety Store at Rady Children s Rethink Your Drink Injury Prevention Growing Up Columns Locations Main Campus Satellite Locations Emergency Urgent Care Programs Services Laboratory Services Pathology Resources Rady Children s Specialists Laboratory Services Pathology Resources Laboratory Services Pathology Team Services Research For Medical Professionals

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  • Locations
    Newsroom Patient Stories Research Get Involved Events Publications Health Safety Health Library Ask Your Nurse Videos Safety Store at Rady Children s Rethink Your Drink Injury Prevention Growing Up Columns Locations Main Campus Satellite Locations Emergency Urgent Care Programs Services Laboratory Services Pathology Locations Rady Children s Specialists Laboratory Services Pathology Locations Laboratory Services Pathology Team Services Research For Medical Professionals Resources Locations Locations Rady Children s Outpatient Laboratory Rady

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