The problem of chronic kidney disease has increased nowadays due to rise in the number of people suffering from diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Studies show that once somebody has developed chronic kidney failure, the best treatment option is a kidney transplant as soon as possible, said Dr Amit Sharma, Attending Consultant Nephrologist and Kidney Transplant Physician at Fortis Hospital Mohali, while addressing mediapersons here today.
He introduced patient Vikramjeet from Gurdaspur who underwent kidney transplant at Fortis Mohali a year ago. “In December 2013, he was diagnosed to have kidney failure and started undergoing hemodialysis in his hometown. After a few months, when he was being investigated for kidney transplant, he was found to be infected with Hepatitis C virus infection there itself. This patient had to undergo treatment for Hepatitis C infection for 1 year, after which his transplant was done at Fortis Mohali in July 2015. His mother Mrs Daljeet Kaur was the donor,” explained Dr Sharma.
The doctor emphasized that this case highlights the importance of early kidney transplant, as soon as the diagnosis is made, rather than waiting for some time on dialysis because patients are prone to associated complications like infections and blood loss. “Had he been guided by the dialysis centre in his city and initiated proceedings for kidney transplant at the time of his diagnosis itself, he could have been spared the ordeal of getting treatment for hepatitis infection that he contracted during dialysis there. This case also highlights that if somebody has this infection, it can be treated and the patient can have successful transplant,” added Dr Sharma.
On the eve of World Hepatitis Day (July 28), he explained that nowadays, newer drugs are available that can be given for treatment of Hepatitis C even after kidney transplant.
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