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WHAT IS ORGAN FAILURE?

Organ failure is defined as organ dysfunction to such a degree that normal stable equilibrium cannot be maintained without external clinical intervention. The vital organs like heart, kidney and liver are often at higher risk.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms of organ failure depend on the organ that is no longer functioning normally. The symptoms are specific to a particular organ.

  • Kidney Failure- Nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, swelling of feet and ankles, high blood pressure and more.
  • Liver Failure- yellowing of skin, pain in upper right abdomen, abdominal swelling and more.
  • Heart Failure-shortness of breath, rapid or irregular heartbeat, swelling in ankles and feet and more.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES FACED IN ITS TREATMENT?

  • Lack of eligible and legal donors.
  • High cost of treatment

WHAT IS ITS INCIDENCE IN INDIA?

It is claimed that approximately 300 deaths everyday in India are due to organ failure.

WHY IS IT CAUSED?

The most common conditions causing organ failure that requires transplantation are given below:

Kidneys

Glomerular Diseases, Diabetes, and Hypertensive Nephrosclerosis

Liver

Cirrhosis due to viral hepatitis, Cirrhosis due to fatty liver, Cirrhosis due to alcohol, and Cirrhosis due to autoimmune disease

Heart

Coronary Artery Disease, Cardiomyopathy, and Congenital Heart Disease

Lung

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, and Emphysema/COPD

Pancreas

Diabetes

HOW IS ORGAN FAILURE TREATED?

The treatment is also specific to the organ that has failed. It ranges from diet, medications to organ transplants.

WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR?

Make an appointment with your doctor for an evaluation if your child has any signs or symptoms that are a cause for concern.

WHO CARES?

HCRA does! We support post-transplant medication that prevents possible organ rejection. This medication can be life-long; we support the patient till the point that they are able to bear the costs themselves. Annually, the treatment of this medication costs is approximately Rs. 1, 30, 000 per child and more depending on the medical situation.

NOTE -Information presented here is general and compiled from various sources online. It must not be mistaken for medical advice. Please consult a doctor for details.

 





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