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BACKGROUND With a few exceptions, most published studies do not show an influence of antibodies to the hepatitis C virus (HCV) on the success of a kidney transplant. METHODS We studied all our renal transplant recipients who had received kidneys from cadaver donors (n = 335) and had been treated with quadruple immunosuppression (steroids, azathioprine,(More)
The occurrence of acute antibody-mediated rejection (AMR), especially in more severe cases, continues to be associated with a poor prognosis for implant survival. Here, we have reported the results of treatment of two patients who developed AMR associated with thrombotic microangiopathy immediately after transplantation. We used a single dose of eculizumab(More)
INTRODUCTION AND METHODS An epidemiologic multicenter study was performed to evaluate the prevalence and management of gastrointestinal (GI) complications in solid organ transplant patients. A total of 1788 recipients were included, 1132 of which corresponded to renal transplanted patients. RESULTS The mean age for the renal transplanted patients was 52(More)
BACKGROUND Valganciclovir preemptive therapy guided by the viral load is the current strategy recommended for preventing CMV disease in CMV-seropositive Solid Organ Transplant Recipients (SOTR) at lower risk for developing CMV infection. However, universal viral load cut-off has not been established for initiating therapy. OBJECTIVES Our goal was to(More)
The use of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and renin-angiotensin system blockers (RAB) to prevent and treat chronic graft nephropathy may affect the incidence of anemia in renal transplant recipients. We compared 2 sets of cadaver-donor recipients, namely those followed at the end of 1995 (group 1; n = 252) versus 2003 (group 2; n = 530) in terms of general(More)
OBJECTIVE The CREATE and CHOIR studies showed a higher risk for cardiovascular events associated with hemoglobin (Hb) values >13 g/dL in patients with stage 3-4 chronic kidney disease. In 2007, a stricter policy on the use of erythropoietin (EPO) was adopted at our center, with an Hb target of 11 to 12 g/dL and withdrawal or reduction of EPO when Hb was(More)
To evaluate the level of stress induced by the tongue inspection method during cysticercosis diagnosis in pigs at 60 and 90 kg, 27 animals were assigned to one of three experimental groups. In the first group (T1), pigs were held with a snout noose. In addition, animals in T2 were subjected to tongue inspection, while in T0, none of the procedures described(More)
BACKGROUND Subcutaneous recombinant human erythropoietin seems to be more effective than intravenous administration. Local pain, however, may diminish patient compliance with the subcutaneous route. Recently continuous intravenous intradialysis administration of rHuEpo has been reported to be more efficacious in stimulating erythropoiesis than the usual(More)