organ transplants and PA

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 3:47am
ajgauthier's picture
Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

found this tidbit today whilst looking at sesame seed allergy literature, though I'd share:

"An anaphylactic reaction to cashew nut developed in a nonatopic 60-year-old man 25 days after receiving a liver allograft from a 15-year-old atopic boy who died of anaphylaxis after peanut ingestion. The liver recipient had no history of nut allergy. Posttransplantation skin prick test results were positive for peanut, cashew nut, and sesame seed, and the donor had allergen-specific IgE antibodies to the same 3 allergens. This illustrates that transfer of IgE-mediated hypersensitivity can occur after liver transplantation and have potentially serious consequences. (Phan 2003 ref.7439 1)"

from here:


30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 4:06am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I actually read this a few years ago. I was still in Phoenix, so I must have read it at least 2 1/2 years ago, maybe more. I will never forget reading it, because that is when the permanence of PA really hit me. It can continue after the person dies. Very sad and very scary.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 4:09am
notnutty's picture
Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

Great Post....I am a living donor, I donated a kidney to my dad 2 years ago. One of the questions asked during the transplant process was "are you allergic to any foods or medications." Since my son is PA I was curious as to why they asked. The transplant coordinator said that it has been proven that allergies can be transferred by organ donation. Someone with allergies is still a great candidate for donation since most people who need organs do not care if an allergy comes with the organ, they are usually too sick to care.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 4:37am
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

I think if I needed a new organ, I'd cheerfully take on a few food allergies in return for a few extra years.

Posted on: Thu, 01/19/2006 - 3:25pm
McCobbre's picture
Joined: 04/16/2005 - 09:00

I tried to donate a kidney to a coworker, and that didn't work out for various reasons. But I did have to inform her that I was anaphylactic to chamomile (that's all I was at the time), and she had absolutely no problem with that. I don't know, however, if she could use the Epi after a transplant--if it would conflict with any of the antirejection drugs.
I wonder if I had given her a kidney if she'd have a shellfish allergy now, too. [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 12:39am
starlight's picture
Joined: 01/16/2004 - 09:00

A whole host of things can come with transplanted organs. I know a few years ago, I heard of a couple people who had organ transplants from someone who had years ago undergone chemotherapy for caner. The recepient developed the exact same form of cancer after the transplant. I paid attention because I am a cancer survivor. I am not an organ donor because of the host of medical problems I have already had (I honestly don't even think they'd accept my organs for donation anyway). So it makes sense that allergies would be transfered too. It's sad that they get lucky enough to actually get an organ and not reject it but then have to deal with all this extra **** afterwards. [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 1:04am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

I have a friend who is very ill and on the waiting list for her second kidney. She said that her chance for better quality of life - or in her case....the chance to live another 20 years, far outweighs any fear of getting a food allergy from a transplant.

Posted on: Fri, 01/20/2006 - 2:03am
Anonymous's picture
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Adele, that's what I think most people would think. I don't have anything seriously wrong with me that I know of, but the one thing I thought of was an eye transplant - would someone want my eyes? I wear glasses and have since I was 12 or 13. Then, I thought, well, of course they would it if meant they could continue to see (or see period). Just add some glasses.
Now, I understand that's completely different than having a LTFA that I might be tranferring, but again, I would think that someone would think the same way as your friend.
It's all relative, really.
Best wishes! [img][/img]
"That was Polanski. Nicholson got his nose cut."

Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2006 - 10:10am
sidni's picture
Joined: 08/28/2004 - 09:00

Does anyone know if the organ itself matters when causing an allergy in a new person? For instance, do would a lung transplant from someone with food allergies have the same risk as a kidney or liver?
And what about bone marrow? Sadly, we have a heavy history of leukemia in my family, and I may need to donate someday. Would that be putting them at risk, too?
If the person had consumed something with nuts in it before their surgery and then got a donor organ from a nut allergic person, would they react if the proteins were still in there body?
ah so many questions

Posted on: Mon, 01/23/2006 - 10:07pm
samirosenjacken's picture
Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

My Sister in law is an oncology nurse. She did tell me years ago of a bone marrow recipient who ate peanuts and suffered a reaction. It was discovered that the donor was PA>

Posted on: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 4:23am
ajgauthier's picture
Joined: 04/13/2005 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by samirosenjacken:
[b]My Sister in law is an oncology nurse. She did tell me years ago of a bone marrow recipient who ate peanuts and suffered a reaction. It was discovered that the donor was PA>[/b]
this got me thinking...don't they check for allergies and hereditary diseases and such of the person who is donating? I would think, as others posted, that someone would still take a PA-kidney, but the recipient should know that it came from a PA person so they could be aware of the possibly fatal allergy! Same w/bone marrow too...
30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy


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