Joerg Radermacher

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BACKGROUND Most renal transplants fail because of chronic allograft nephropathy or because the recipient dies, but no reliable factor predicting long-term outcome has been identified. We tested whether a renal arterial resistance index of less than 80 was predictive of long-term allograft survival. METHODS The renal segmental arterial resistance index(More)
BACKGROUND In recent years an increasing number of cases with polyomavirus (PV)-nephropathy after renal transplantation were reported from several transplant centres. New, highly potent immunosuppressive drugs like tacrolimus or mycophenolate mofetil were accused as risk factors for this increase. However, data about the incidence of PV-nephropathy in(More)
The progression of renal disease depends on various clinical parameters such as hypertension and proteinuria. We recently showed that an increased renal resistance index measured by duplex ultrasound is associated with a poor prognosis in patients with renal artery stenosis. We now prospectively tested the hypothesis that a high renal resistance index(More)
BACKGROUND Prospectively identifying patients whose renal function or blood pressure will improve after the correction of renal-artery stenosis has not been possible. We evaluated whether a high level of resistance to flow in the segmental arteries of both kidneys (indicated by resistance-index values of at least 80) can be used prospectively to select(More)
BACKGROUND Renal artery disease can cause both hypertension and renal failure, and color Doppler sonography (CDS) may be a good screening method to detect it. Presently reported techniques of Doppler sonography have either a high rate of technical failure (4-42%), or low sensitivity and specificity, or detect only stenoses greater than 70%, or exclude(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN) leads to chronic allograft dysfunction and loss. Regular renal transplant biopsies may be useful to find risk factors for CAN. METHODS We carried out 688 protocol biopsies in 258 patients at 6, 12, and 26 weeks after renal transplantation. Patients with signs of CAN in the biopsy 3 (N= 70, CAN group), and(More)
The protocol biopsy strategy has been criticized because of risks and marginal utility. We tested the risk. We performed 1171 protocol biopsies in 508 patients at 6, 12 and 26 weeks after renal transplantation, as well as 499 biopsies as indicated in 429 transplant patients. Biopsies were done as an outpatient procedure using an 18- or 16-gauge automated(More)
1. Ten patients with bilateral knee joint effusions were treated topically with a gel containing 1 g diclofenac/100 g (80 mg three times daily). They were randomized to receive diclofenac gel to one knee and a placebo gel preparation to the other knee. 2. Diclofenac was assayed in synovial fluid and blood plasma by GC/ECD as the pentafluorobenzyl-ester(More)
BACKGROUND Persistent secondary hyperparathyroidism after renal transplantation may require parathyroidectomy (PTX). Clinical experience suggests that these patients commonly develop decreased renal function thereafter. METHODS To test this notion, we evaluated 76 transplant patients who underwent pararhyroidectomy between 1997 and 2003. RESULTS In half(More)
Hypertension is the main side effect developing in patients suffering from renal anemia who are treated with recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO). We investigated the effect of rHuEPO on the vascular tone of isolated rabbit aorta and carotid artery under isometric conditions. The production of prostacyclin and the vasoconstrictor prostanoids PGF2 alpha(More)