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Uric acid It's increased level may cause joint pains. Know your new kidney After a patient is discharged from the hospital, he may be asked to monitor: temperature pulse blood pressure weight fluid intake and urinary outpur Temperature - A patient should check and record temperature any time he feels chilled, hot, achy, or ill. This may be the first sign of infection. Warning: DO NOT USE Ibuprofen, aspirin, or other such products exceptunder the direction of a physician, as these drugs may cause further symptoms. If a patient's temperature is higher than normal at any time, he shouldnotify his physical immediately. This is considered an emergency, because an elevated temperature could indicate a serious infection.
Blood pressure -It is important that a patient knows his normal blood pressure, normal changes, and when he should be concerned.
Weight - The patient may weigh himself on a standard bathroom scale at the same time every morning (after going to the toilet). If he gains weight each day, he could be retaining fluid. This should be reported to the physician. Fluid intake and output-Input/Output (I/O) chart should be maintained by the patient daily for the first three months, and thereafter off and on when some change is noticed. This will help to know the working of your kidney.Transplant Games are now being held regularly all over the world. The purpose of these games is to publicly and visibly demonstrate the benefits of successful organ transplant, working to increase public awareness of transplants and thereby increasing organ donation, as well as promoting the full rehabilitation and well being of the participants.The World Transplant Games have been in existence for over 25 years rate25when the first 'Transplant Olympics' were held in Portsmouth in 1978. Even at that time, these games were an international event and there were teams from France, Germany, Greece, and the United States competing. The World Transplant Games take place every two years where over 1500 athletes representing some 64 countries compete at an extraordinarily high level. The Winter World Transplant Games are staged in the intervening years and have provided an opportunity for many not only to compete on the ski slopes but to enjoy the warmth and friendship which are at the centre of these Events. The first proper transplant games in India 'The All India Transplant Sports Meeting' were held in Delhi on 21st and 22nd September 1996. A total of 200 athletes took part in the Games.
Glossary
Anaemia : a decrease in the normal amount of haemoglobin
Anaesthesia : medication that reduces pain by dulling sensation
Antacid : a drug that aids in protecting the digestive system and
relieves heartburn and digestive discomfort
Antigen : any molecule that can be recognized by the immune
system and can generate a response
Antibiotic : a drug that fights against bacterial infections
Antibody : a protein produced by the body to eliminate foreign
substances: such as bacteria
Antifungal : a drug that fights against fungal infections
Antiviral : a drug that fights against viral infections
Bacteria : small organisms (germs) that can cause disease
Bilirubin : a substance produced by degradation of red blood cells in liver and secreted in bile
Catheter : a tube that allows fluid to enter or exit a body cavity
Cholesterol : a form of fat that performs necessary functions in the body but can also cause heart disease
Chronic renal failure : permanent irreversible damage to the kidneys that is treated with dialysis or transplantation. Also known as End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
Corticosteroids : a category of immunosuppressive medicines that includes prednisone and prednisolone
Creatinine : a substance found in blood and urine resulting from normal body chemical reactions; high blood creatinine levels are a sign of decreased kidney function
Diabetes : a disease whereby patients have high levels of sugar in their blood
Dialysis : mechanical filtration of blood by an artificial kidney to filter out the toxic products like urea, creatinine, or poison
Drugs : all medications that act against diseases (this is different from the drugs of abuse like cocaine etc.)
Electrolyte : the dissolved form of a mineral such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, chlorine etc.
Enzyme : a protein made in the body and capable of changing a substance from one form to another
Erythropoietin : a hormone produced by the kidney which stimulates red blood cell production
Extraperitoneal : pertaining to being outside the peritoneal cavity of body
Hepatitis : an inflammatory condition of liver
Hyperplasia : a pathological condition where number of cells in a tissue increase
Hypertension : high blood pressure
Immune System : the body's protection from invasion by foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses; a transplanted organ also acts as a foreign substance.
Immunity : being able to resist a particular infectious disease
Immunosuppressant : a form of medication given to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ
Jaundice : a condition in which liver function is impaired with deranged liver function tests
Nephrologist : a renal (kidney) medicine specialist
Nephrotoxic :/ a drug or substance which impairs the functioning of kidney
Neuropathy :/ abnormal neural (nervous) functions
Nutritionist : a specialist in recommending diet to maintain healthy bodyOrgan Rejection : an attempt by the immune system to reject or destroy what it recognizes to be a "foreign" presence (eg a kidney graft).
Osteopenia : a condition where mineral content of bone is reduced
Osteoporosis : a condition of severe osteopenia in which bone becomes porous.
Platelet : a small blood cell needed for normal blood clotting
Prohylaxis : taking medication, eg antibiotics, to prevent disease
Renal : refers to the kidney
Sodium : a component of table salt (sodium chloride) ;
An electrolyte that is the main salt in blood
Uraemia : an excess of urea and other nitrogenous waste in the body
Urea : an end-product of nitrogen metabolism in the body
Ureter : a muscular tube connecting kidney to the urinary bladder
Vasculopathy : an affection of blood vessels
Virus : a very small agent (germ) that causes infection