Chimerism pp 33-48 | Cite as

Transplantation and Transfusion

  • Joel N. KniepEmail author


Chimeras are commonly created as part of medical treatment via organ transplantation and blood product transfusion. Microchimerism has been found in patients after receiving blood products. These transient cell populations generally become undetectable in immunocompetent patients within seven days of transfusion. Extended longevity of donor leukocytes is seen in transfused trauma patient including combat casualties and can be detected decades posttransfusion.


Microchimerism Trauma Transfusion Transplantation HSCT Solid organ 


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  1. 1.Anschutz Medical Campus, University of ColoradoAuroraUSA

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