Can A Kidney Transplant Decrease One's Life Expectancy?
Multiple factors contributory
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I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. When anybody undergoes a kidney transplant, there is an inherent possibility of graft rejection and immune reaction. This therefore exposes the person for uncalled morbidity which can bring down the life expectancy. But the reaction or rejection varies upon the degree of HLA match. Furthermore, in order to suppress such a reaction, immunosuppressive therapy needs to be given. But this too predisposes to various other threats which can bring down the life expectation. Since a lot of variables are involved, it is not possible to quantify how much shortening of life expectancy has occurred. This however does not keep in consideration the prolongation of the life expectancy brought about by the transplant (you would have lived lot less had you not received the transplant). So, this entire issue of life expectancy in this specific scenario is rather pointless.
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