Patient gets donor's peanut allergy after lung transplant

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A 68-year-old patient acquired a peanut allergy after she received a lung transplant, according to Live Science.

Mazen Odish, MD, a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at San Diego Medical Center at the University of California, told Live Science, it is uncommon for lung transplant recipients to get a food allergy from a donor.

Dr. Odisha said there have been four or five cases of organ recipients acquiring peanut allergies with anaphylaxis after a lung transplant, according to Live Science.

The female patient received a new lung from a male donor. Physicians thought she was experiencing respiratory failure after she felt a tightness in her chest. She then told physicians that she ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Physicians contacted the organ agency and confirmed the previous lung donor had a peanut allergy.

Dr. Odisha told Live Science, it's unclear if transplant-acquired food allergies are a lifelong concern for patients because symptoms vary from recipient to recipient.

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