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What are the implications of genital herpes in organ transplant patients?


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Published At June 7, 2023
Reviewed AtOctober 17, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I wanted to know about the implications of genital herpes in kidney disease or transplant patients.

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Yash Kathuria


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern regarding herpes infection outcomes in a prospective kidney transplant recipient.

It may lead to many complications if a person is a transplant recipient and already has herpes. After the transplant, (and sometimes before the transplant) the patient is started on immunosuppressant drugs to prevent kidney graft rejection. So in that state of immunosuppression, herpes may worsen and may involve the lungs, brain, gut, eyes, liver, etc. So first, herpes has to be treated before giving any immunosuppressant drugs and cause of herpes to be found in the prospective recipient.

Kindly revert back in case of more queries. Thanks.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Yash Kathuria
Dr. Yash Kathuria

Family Physician

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