Pop Star Selena Gomez Had a Kidney Transplant Related to Lupus
Selena Gomez just announced on Instagram that she underwent kidney transplant surgery this summer. According to the 25-year old singer and actress, complications from the autoimmune disease lupus necessitated the surgery. A longtime friend, actress Francia Raisa, donated a kidney to Gomez.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, there are two types of lupus. Discoid lupus affects only the skin, but systemic lupus erythematosus can damage the skin, joints, and organs – including the brain and kidneys – and may be fatal. When lupus attacks the kidneys, kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplant can result.
Generally, people with lupus who undergo kidney transplants have higher survival rates than those requiring dialysis. For Gomez, the outlook is good, as lupus recurrence in a transplanted kidney is rare. But complications, including organ rejection and infections related to medications used to prevent rejection, can occur.