Symptoms of Transplant-Related Infections

The first sign of infection is usually a fever, which is usually considered a temperature above 100.4°F. Other symptoms may include:

  • Excessive fatigue
  • Unexpected bleeding
  • Vomiting, especially if vomit contains blood
  • Black stools
  • Diarrhea that persists for more than two loose stools
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Severe headache
  • Confusion, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness
  • Low urine output (after kidney transplant)
  • Trouble controlling blood sugar (after pancreas transplant)
  • Additional swelling in the hands, feet, legs or abdomen

Infection of the surgical incision site has a specific set of symptoms, including:

  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Drainage
  • Pain

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms.*


If you have back pain, leg pain, and changes in bowel and bladder habits, you should seek an immediate medical evaluation by your physician.