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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)
Given the shortage of cadaveric organs, we began a study utilizing NHBD for OLTx and KTx. There were 24 NHBD between January 1989 and September 1993. These donors were divided into 2 groups: uncontrolled NHBD (G1) (n = 14) were patients whose organs were recovered following a period of CPR; and controlled NHBD (G2) (n = 10) were patients whose organs were(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)
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)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence, clinical presentation, and outcome and confounding factors associated with the development of a brain abscess in solid organ transplant recipients. DESIGN A 14-year retrospective survey. SETTING A single, multiorgan, academic transplantation center. PATIENTS A total of 2380 liver transplant recipients, 1650 kidney(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)
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)
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)
We have constructed a fusion protein between the staphylococcal A protein and the cellulose binding domain of an exoglucanase (Cex) from Cellulomonas fimi that can be directly immobilized on cellulose while retaining its capacity to bind immunoglobulin G molecules. The cellulose domain provides binding that does not interfere with the biological activity of(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)