Renal retransplantation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham: incidence and outcome.

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Only half the patients who lost a renal allograft either returned to the waiting list (32%) or were retransplanted (17%). One fifth died soon after allograft loss. Patients did not return to the waiting list for multiple reasons including patient choice, worsened medical condition and most commonly, interest but non-referral. Diabetics had a significantly diminished chance for survival on dialysis after graft loss. African-Americans had a better chance of survival after graft loss but a much worse opportunity to be retransplanted. The use of CellCept in triple immunosuppressive therapy, along with a flow cytometry crossmatch, has improved retransplant allograft survival commensurate with primary graft outcome. The incidence of retransplantation is decreasing at our institution even though the number of potential candidates for retransplantation remains stable.
  • Author List

  • Gallichio MH; Hudson S; Young CJ; Diethelm AG; Deierhoi MH
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