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With the constant advent of new developments and modifications in immunosuppressive regimens, clinicians are responsible for providing pregnancy counseling to all pre and posttransplant recipients of childbearing age. As individual physicians and centers accrue experience with these major therapeutic decisions, it is critical that both positive and negative(More)
PURPOSE To determine the prevalence, radiologic features, and clinical significance of bile duct filling defects (BDFDs) in liver transplant recipients studied with cholangiography. MATERIALS AND METHODS During 13 years, 4,100 cholangiograms were obtained in 1,650 patients. All studies showing BDFD suggestive of stones, sludge, cast, or necrotic debris(More)
BACKGROUND Induction with the use of monoclonal antibodies targeting the alpha-chain (CD25) of the high-affinity IL2 receptor may avoid many of the adverse events associated with polyclonal antibodies and significantly impact on rejection-free long-term survival in orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). METHODS Forty-two consecutive deceased donor(More)
BACKGROUND Post-transplant gastrointestinal (GI) side effects can impair a patient's quality of life (QoL). This study investigates the improvement in GI side effects and related QoL changes in recipients of liver transplantation (OLT) after converting patients from mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) to enteric-coated mycophenolate sodium (EC-MPS). METHODS(More)
Women constitute >30% of patients undergoing liver transplantation (orthotopic liver transplantation, OLT) and about 8% are of reproductive age, and 5% are pediatric females who will mostly survive into adulthood and will consider pregnancy. Although pregnancy in OLT recipients is associated with an increased incidence of hypertension, preeclampsia, anemia,(More)
Basiliximab is a chimeric monoclonal antibody that selectively binds to the alpha-subunit (CD25) of IL-2 receptors on the surface of activated T lymphocytes, and is a highly effective prophylaxis agent against rejection in organ transplant recipients. Its pharmacokinetic profile is characterized by a biphasic and slow clearance with long terminal half-life(More)
INTRODUCTION Corticosteroids (CS) have been standard immunosuppression to prevent and treat rejection. However, CS are associated with increased risk of infection, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, and accelerated hepatitis C virus (HCV) recurrence post-orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). This study assesses the safety and efficacy of(More)
The preimplantation kidney biopsy affects utilization by diagnosing glomerulosclerosis, interstitial fibrosis (IF), arteriosclerosis, and arteriolar hyalinosis. Organ procurement organizations (OPOs) determine whether a donor warrants this biopsy and the donor hospital pathologists (DHPs) report on an OPO-specific pathology interpretation form. Biopsy(More)
Vascular complications are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality following liver transplantation. The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of vascular complications on the patient and graft survival. One hundred liver transplant procedures were performed on 92 patients between January 1994 and June 1998 at King Fahad Hospital (Riyadh,(More)