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Introduction This section deals with surgical issues that may potentially complicate the immediate post-transplant period. Many of these issues, particularly ones that arise in patient selection can have a very important impact on the immediate post-operative course of the patient and some can have far reaching consequences for long-term graft and patient(More)
BACKGROUND The problem of AMR remains unsolved because standardized schemes for diagnosis and treatment remains contentious. Therefore, a consensus conference was organized to discuss the current status of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) in heart transplantation. METHODS The conference included 83 participants (transplant cardiologists, surgeons,(More)
In an open-label, 24-month trial, 721 de novo heart transplant recipients were randomized to everolimus 1.5 mg or 3.0 mg with reduced-dose cyclosporine, or mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) 3 g/day with standard-dose cyclosporine (plus corticosteroids ± induction). Primary efficacy endpoint was the 12-month composite incidence of biopsy-proven acute rejection,(More)
OBJECTIVE Pulmonary transplant recipients are at high risk from various conditions requiring surgical intervention. As little is known about their exact incidence and course, we examined such procedures in detail. METHODS AND PATIENTS We have retrospectively analyzed major nonpulmonary surgical procedures performed in 124 consecutive patients who received(More)
In the 30 years since the rabbit antithymocyte globulin (rATG) Thymoglobulin(®) was first licensed, its use in solid organ transplantation and hematology has expanded progressively. Although the evidence base is incomplete, specific roles for rATG in organ transplant recipients using contemporary dosing strategies are now relatively well-identified. The(More)
BACKGROUND Post-transplant follow-up of heart transplant patients consists of repeated coronary angiography, which is associated with high costs, discomfort and risk. We sought to determine whether multislice computed tomography (MSCT) permits the exclusion or progression of coronary artery disease in heart transplant patients. METHODS MSCT scanning(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to investigate purine nucleotide metabolism in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of cardiac transplant recipients switched from azathioprine to mycophenolate mofetil (MMF). METHODS Concentrations of guanosine 5'triphosphate (GTP) and adenosine 5'triphosphate (ATP), the activities of inosine monophosphate(More)
Collagen overproduction characteristic for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is coregulated by endothelin (ET)-1, transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta1, basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and matrix metalloproteases (MMPs). Whether these molecules affect grafts transplanted to heart failure patients is unknown. In 67 idiopathic DCM patients, 31 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Acute right ventricular failure after heart transplantation is a life-threatening condition, and sometimes the use of mechanical circulatory support is inevitable. The aim of this retrospective study was to investigate the effectiveness of two different mechanical circulatory support systems for this indication. METHODS From 1984 to 2003, 28(More)