Kidney Transplantation Tourism Increases Health Risks For The Recipients

Posted: Nov 7 2015, 7:00am CST | by , Updated: Nov 7 2015, 11:16pm CST, in Latest Science News


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Kidney Transplantation Tourism Increases Health Risks for the Recipients
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It has been found that touring the world in search of organ transplants is risky business.

Supposing you require a kidney transplant and the waiting list makes you want to tear your hair out in exasperation. Well, you do have a choice although it is more of a Hobson’s Choice.

You can simply travel to one of the backward areas of the world and get a donor to donate his or her kidney for your sake on the black market. However, you have been warned…besides the legal and ethical dilemmas this might land you in, it also carries considerable health risks that make the whole proposal not worth it.

Termed “Transplant Tourism” the practice is strictly banned in many parts of the world. The very ethics of using a poor person’s situational constraints for your own advantage make the whole thing reek of malpractice and greed.

Then there are the secondary problems associated with transplant tourism. You might not regain your health despite undergoing a kidney transplant. The research which was done in Bahrain found that those who ventured to Pakistan, the Philippines, India and Iran in order to get an organ transplant often ended up getting infected. So medical sickness is the end result of this cultural sickness.

An abstract of this research was published by American Society of Nephrology (ASN). The findings were presented by Dr. Amgad El Agroudy, of Arabian Gulf University on Friday at ASN Kidney Week 2015 (Nov. 3-8) at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

Among some of the diseases that the recipients caught were Hepatitis B and C. Then there was the cytomegalovirus. The latter is a deadly vector. There were further issues. Bodily reactions where the donor kidneys were rejected were not uncommon.

Problems arose during surgery that ended in death and disease. While organ transplant in the developed countries was not so complicated, in Third World countries, it was a precarious procedure that entailed several hitches and glitches along the way.

All in all it is shady and risky business. You never know what you are going to get in return for the chance you take of travelling to a Third World country and getting a kidney transplant from the black market. The dangerous consequences are becoming more and more clear as time passes.

The donors are not checked for any diseases and the recipients often do not show much in the way of their immune systems adjusting to the transplanted organ. Those hucksters who are in this trade do not give a hoot for the health of the recipients or donors. They are just in it for the money.

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