Thanks to organ transplantation, numerous patients have considerably increased their life span and quality of life. Aftercare in organ transplant patients still focuses on prevention of organ rejection. Adequate graft function requires lifelong immunosuppressive treatment inducing chronic immunosuppression which is more or less pronounced according to individual factors.
Skin is a remarkably good reflection of the impact of immunosuppressive treatments on the general immune status in organ transplant recipients and dermatologic disorders may necessitate changes in the immunosuppressive treatment. Nowadays, regular dermatological checkups have become a routine practice in most transplant centres because of increasing incidence of skin infections and skin cancer in organ transplant patients. Such skin surveillance allows early detection and treatment of skin problems and better information about sun protection.
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