POST TRANSPLANT COMPLICATIONS
Rejection is the body’s normal reaction to something that it thinks does not belong there. Your child’s immune system keeps them healthy and works by protecting the body from attack by foreign things such as germs (bacteria or viruses).
Your child’s immune system will try to reject their new kidney because it recognizes that it is different from the rest of the child’s body. Your child will be taking immunosuppressant medications for the rest of their life to prevent rejection.
There are different types of rejection that your transplant team will explain to you including acute and chronic cellular rejection (caused by the white blood cells in your body), and acute and chronic antibody-mediated rejection (caused by proteins called antibodies that recognize “foreign” things in your body)