5 innovations in organ transplantation
Name: IgA nephropathy or Berger’s disease. Definition: kidney disorder that occurs when the IgA protein that normally helps the body fight infection – settles in the kidneys leading to inflammation. Cause: unknown. Symptoms: tea-coloured urine, pain in the back below the ribs, high blood pressure, acute kidney failure. Treatment: cannot be cured.
My friend has lived with IgA nephropathy for a few years. Her GP had initially told her that the disease was stable but she recently researched her condition which she shared with me. I was really saddened to learn about how IgA nephropathy could evolve: it would either remain asymptomatic or lead to life-long dialysis, and maybe even require renal transplantation through organ donation.
To help support my friend, I wanted to find out more about kidneys and other organ transplants and how innovations could help improve organ transplantation success and reduce patient waiting lists.