Long-Term Functional Recovery, Quality of Life, and Pregnancy After Solid Organ Transplantation

Swati Rao, Mythili Ghanta, Michael J. Moritz, Serban Constantinescu

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This article reviews the salient features of functional recovery, health-related quality of life (HR-QOL), and reproductive health, with special emphasis on pregnancy outcomes in kidney and liver recipients. Transplantation results in improved functional status and HR-QOL. Addressing factors that limit the optimal rehabilitation of transplant recipients can improve transplant outcomes. After successful transplantation, there is a rapid return of fertility, warranting counseling regarding contraception. Practitioners should be aware of the teratogenic potential of mycophenolic acid products. Posttransplant pregnancies are high risk, with increased incidences of hypertension, preeclampsia, and prematurity. Most pregnancies in kidney and liver recipients have successful maternal and newborn outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-629
Number of pages17
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Functional recovery
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Liver transplantation
  • Pregnancy
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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