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What to Watch for and Who to Call

While you were in the hospital, your doctors and nurses were watching for symptoms of a rejection episode, infection and other problems. Now that you are at home, you need to be a partner in your care and watch for these signs yourself. If you experience any of the following symptoms, or if you "just don't feel right," call the Transplant Institute at 617-632-9700, day or night:

  • You are short-of-breath or have chest pain
  • Temperature higher than 100.5 degrees
  • Flu-like symptoms such as chills, aches, joint pain, headache and increased fatigue
  • Severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Severe stomach cramps
  • Increased pain, redness or tenderness over your transplant site that is not relieved by pain medication
  • Abnormal drainage near or on your incision
  • Very dark or tea-colored urine
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Frequent urination
  • Yellowing of your eyes or skin
  • A 3-pound weight gain in less than two days
  • Abnormal blood sugars

More Reasons to Call

  • You cannot or did not take your anti-rejection medications
  • Your drainage tube comes out
  • You have persistent stomach pain or indigestion
  • You catch a cold or another illness
  • Your urine is cloudy, bloody or smells bad
  • You have been exposed to chicken pox, measles, German measles or mumps, and have never had the disease
  • You have increased swelling in your hands or feet
  • A doctor other than your transplant doctor changes a medication or prescribes a new medication
  • You have sores or blisters in your mouth
  • You see white spots on your tongue or in your mouth
  • You want to take an over-the-counter medication
  • You have symptoms of depression, anxiety or rage
  • You relapse to alcohol or drug use

Your Responsibilities: Signs and Symptoms

Call the Transplant Institute at 617-632-9700 if you experience any of the symptoms or situations you have been instructed to watch for, do not feel "right," or have any questions related to your transplant, care and recovery.

Please call for urgent issues at any time. But please call for non-urgent issues, such as prescription refills and doctor appointments, during daytime business hours.

Contact Information

Transplant Institute
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building, 7th Floor
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215
617-632-9700