Liver Recipient Gets Nut Allergy

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 12:59pm
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Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 9:53pm
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Joined: 12/30/2002 - 09:00

wow, I can't beleive this, so interesting

Posted on: Mon, 01/27/2003 - 11:40pm
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Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

Very bizarre. It certainly opens up all kinds of potential discussions. Thanks for sharing. Miriam

Posted on: Tue, 01/28/2003 - 12:15am
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Joined: 07/15/1999 - 09:00

In 1977 there was a case of a person who received a peanut allergy from a tansplant. I found the old article on the web. It's interesting that in this case it seems to be related to a liver transplant also, as the woman who recieved a kidney, had not problem.
Thursday, September 18, 1997
Peanut allergy passed on during organ transplant
Last modified at 12:08 a.m. on Thursday, September 18, 1997
BOSTON (AP) -- A man who received a new liver and kidney in an organ transplant also got something he didn't want -- an allergy to peanuts.
French doctors described the unusual case, which occurred eight years ago, in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of medicine.
A 22-year-old man who knew he was allergic to peanuts ate them by mistake when he had Chinese food with satay sauce, which contains peanuts. He fell into a coma and died.
Doctors gave his liver and right kidney to a 35-year-old man and his pancreas and left kidney to a 27-year-old woman. Neither was told of the cause of the organ donor's death.
Three months later, the man suffered a skin rash and difficulty breathing after eating peanuts. After concluding he had a newly developed allergy, the doctors fed peanuts to the woman under close medical supervision, but she showed no ill effects.
Doctors are unsure why one patient got the allergy and the other did not. However, they speculated that blood cells primed to recognize peanuts as foreign were passed along in the transplanted liver.
The man was told to avoid peanuts, and he is still healthy. The case was reported by Dr. Christophe Legendre and others from Necker Hospital in Paris.
Copyright 1997 The Shawnee News-Star

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