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BACKGROUND Bone marrow (BM) transplantation for treatment of hematological and solid malignancies is routinely carried out in conjunction with radio- and chemotherapy. Many patients achieve complete remission of the malignant process; however, their lymphohematopoietic recovery remains in most cases incomplete. This is probably due to the functional changes(More)
OBJECTIVE We examined the frequency of detection of Clostridium difficile (CD) toxins compared with the recovery of C. difficile in stool specimen cultures among orthotopic liver transplant (OLT) patients with nosocomial diarrhea in the early period. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study included stool samples obtained during the first 30 days after OLT in(More)
UNLABELLED Machine perfusion (MP) has been used as the kidney preservation method in our center for over 10 years. The first, small (n = 74) prospective, single-blinded randomized study comparing MP and Cold Storage (CS) showed that the incidence of delayed graft function was higher after CS. There have been no reports in the literature on the effect of(More)
BACKGROUND Longer life expectancy is associated with an increasing prevalence of kidney disease. Aging itself may cause renal damage, but the spectrum of kidney disorders that affect elderly patients is diverse. Few studies, mostly form US, Asia and West Europe found differences in the prevalence of some types of kidney diseases between elderly and younger(More)
Bacteremia is one of the major infections in orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). The study of 83 adults who underwent OLT from 2001 to 2004, included patients followed prospectively from the day of transplantation to 4 weeks after the procedure by bacteriological cultures. The microorganisms were investigated according to standard National Committee for(More)
Immunosuppressive therapy protects the transplanted organ but predisposes the recipient to chronic infections and malignancies. Transplant patients are at risk of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and cervical cancer resulting from an impaired immune response in the case of primary infection or of reactivation of a latent infection with human(More)
We have noticed that bone marrow transplanted in a vascularized limb graft, providing a continuous supply of donor bone marrow cells (BMC), may prolong the survival time of a skin graft from the same donor. The question arises whether the microchimerism raised plays a role in the prolonged survival of skin allografts. The aim of the study was to follow the(More)
OBJECTIVE Urinary tract infection (UTI) is among the most common infections in solid organ transplantation, especially in kidney transplantation. PATIENTS AND METHODS This study included 295 adult patients undergoing KTx between September 2001 and December 2007. All patients were followed prospectively for UTI during the first 4 weeks after surgery.(More)
BACKGROUND Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is widely used in solid organ transplantation. MPA absorption from enteric-coated mycophenolate sodium (EC-MPS) is delayed, which results in a delayed enterohepatic recirculation and subsequently higher and more variable MPA 12-hour trough concentration and tmax values. Therefore, MPA trough level monitoring cannot be used(More)
A growing number of studies suggest that CD4(+)CD25(+) T regulatory (Treg) cells play a significant role to downregulate the immune response to alloantigens. In this study, we investigated the possible influence of immunosuppressive therapy, including cyclosporine (CsA) or rapamycin (sirolimus), on the level of CD4(+)CD25(+), CD4(+)CD25(+)FOXP3(+), and(More)