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Is elevated blood pressure level after kidney transplantation a sign of organ rejection?

I had a Kidney transplant 1/27/17. My recovery has been superior. My blood pressure is in the range of 130/75. I take it am and pm pre-meds. Today my pressure is 150/87. Could this be a sign of rejection? All other vitals excellent. No ankle swelling, urine out put and fluid input consistent and retention is excellent. Thank you, Mark
Fri, 1 Jun 2018
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