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Does living return to normal after kidney transplantation?

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Life becomes more normal after a kidney transplant in that a recipient no longer requires dialysis, states Mayo Clinic. A kidney transplant recipient must take medications for the rest of his life to prevent his body from rejecting the donated kidney, according to MedlinePlus.

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The medication that prevents organ rejection increases the risks of infection, diabetes and cancer, explains MedlinePlus. The medication may also cause elevated blood pressure and cholesterol. Because of these risks, a kidney transplant recipient needs to receive regular cancer screenings and may need to take antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal medications, notes Mayo Clinic. A kidney recipient must also follow a special diet, says the National Kidney Foundation. Lifelong followups with doctors are mandatory for kidney transplant recipients, states MedlinePlus.

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