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Treatment of acute transplant rejection (intensive care)

I'm looking for the different kinds of treatments that are being given in the case of an acute transplant rejection (any organ, present day medicine, perhaps with a slight spin towards futuristic possibilities, but not much).

I've read up on wiki and there it says that acute transplant rejection can be reversed if treated promptly. From what I found out so far, treatment seems to mostly consist of giving immunosuppressive drugs. But what else is there? If a person with acute transplant rejection arrives at the ER, what kind of actions would be performed on the patient right there, other than simply administering the drug? Something like "First, hook up to help machine thingy, second, give this and this" etc. I need some details to flesh out my story and somehow my google results don't get into the bare basics such as this.

Thanks! (and before anyone asks, no, I'm not writing a House fic, despite my mood theme *g*)

ETA: Also, the way I understood it immunosuppressive drugs need to be taken for as long as the transplant remains inside the patient's body (i.e. basically forever), no? So do you give additional drugs to that? *confused*
Tags: ~medicine: drugs, ~medicine: transplants/transfusions
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