What does color have to do with transplant?

July 26, 2011

As a nephrologist here at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Dr. Daniel Brennan gets to see many patients who are struggling with kidney issues. If you ask him what he likes most about his job, he says it’s the transformation he sees after his patients have a kidney transplant– especially when it comes to color and mood.

Dialysis can cause hyperpigmentation in a patient, which causes the patient’s skin color to actually look grayish or metallic due to excess urochromes in the system. A kidney transplant can expel the urochromes, and the skin returns to the healthy pink it once was prior to the dialysis.

Dialysis can take a toll on the mindset of a patient, and can often cause depression. After a transplant, the patient’s mood is elevated due to their improved health, and this contributes to a quicker recovery.

Take a listen to what else Dr. Brennan has to say about being a nephrologist at one of the top hospitals in the nation:



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