Felix Kur

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BACKGROUND The successful use of tacrolimus (Tac)-based immunosuppressive therapy in organ transplantation and our own positive experience in heart transplantation led us to investigate regimens including this agent at our center for lung transplantation. METHODS From 1991 to 1998, 86 patients underwent lung transplants at our center and 78 of them were(More)
In this study, photochemotherapy (PCT) was used for adjunct immunosuppression in the first six months after heart transplantation (HTx). Fifteen patients after orthotopic HTx were included in the study; all received standard triple-drug immunosuppression including cyclosporine, azathioprine and glucocorticoids, but no adjunct therapy with mono- or(More)
The present study evaluated the origin of endothelial and epithelial cells, as well as of lymphocytes and macrophages, after lung transplantation. Biopsy specimens from patients who underwent lung and heart-lung transplantation and received organs of sex-mismatched donors were studied by means of nonisotopic in situ hybridization with DNA probes of the X(More)
OBJECTIVE In selected patients with severe end-stage combined cardiopulmonary diseases, heart-lung transplantation (HLTx) remains the only therapeutical option for improving survival and quality of life. PATIENTS AND METHODS Since 1983, 51 HLTx were done at our institution. Mean patient age was 27+/-12 years with a mean donor age of 25+/-11 years.(More)
BACKGROUND Our positive experience with tacrolimus (FK 506) in heart transplantation has led to our assessing the use of this medication as a primary immunosuppressant in lung transplantation. 62 of our patients after lung transplantation were included in this study. The first 34 patients were treated with cyclosporine A (CyA), the remaining 28 with(More)
BACKGROUND Hyperacute xenograft rejection (HXR) is characterized by complement activation and intravascular thrombosis. The pathogenesis of HXR is attributed to antibodies binding to α-Gal-epitopes on the endothelial cells (EC) of the xenograft, activating complement and thrombin-mediated coagulation mechanisms. Our aim was to evaluate the influence of(More)
PURPOSE Inflammation and coagulation disturbances are common consequences of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). Recently, miniaturized closed CPB circuits without cardiotomy suction and venous reservoir have been proposed to reduce complication rates. We compared outcomes with conventional (CCPB) and miniaturized cardiopulmonary bypass (MCPB) after coronary(More)
A prospective, pilot trial was started to evaluate the effect of a sirolimus-based immunosuppressive regimen on acute and chronic rejection in de novo lung transplant patients. Primary lung transplant (LTx) recipients received a sirolimus- and tacrolimus-based immunosuppressive therapy immediately after transplantation. Both immunosuppressants were(More)