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BACKGROUND/AIM The main indications for combined liver and kidney transplantation (CLKT) are as follows: (1) cirrhosis with renal damage dependent or not upon liver disease, (2) renal failure with dialysis and concomitant liver end-stage disease, (3) congenital diseases, and (4) enzymatic liver deficiency with concomitant renal failure. The aim of this(More)
Aim of the present study was to assess, in a pair-matched analysis design, risk factors for post-transplant diabetes mellitus (PTDM) in renal transplant recipients (KTx). The incidence of PTDM was evaluated in 538 consecutive KTx in relation to their baseline immunosuppression. PTDM was defined according to the 2003 American Diabetes Association and World(More)
Liver transplantation still represents the only effective treatment for patients with liver failure, but many patients die while awaiting transplantation, even though many attempts have been made to increase the organ procurement rates and to partially support hepatic function in recent years. Our aim was to design an "open" ex vivo perfused liver model to(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety of conversion to sirolimus (SRL) immunosuppression among 19 renal transplant recipients (KTX) with progressive chronic renal allograft dysfunction (CRAD). Conversion to SRL was performed with concomitant sharp withdrawal of the calcineurin inhibitor (CI). SRL was added at a starting dose of 3 mg, then(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Prognosis assessment in surgical patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains controversial. The most widely used HCC prognostic tool is the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) classification, but its prognostic ability in surgical patients has not been yet validated. The aim of this study was to investigate the value of known(More)
INTRODUCTION Hepatoblastoma (HEP) is the most frequent liver malignancy occurring in childhood. Surgical resection currently represents the gold standard for treatment. In patients with initially unresectable tumors, chemotherapy may induce remarkable reductions in size. In nonresponder patients, liver transplantation (OLTx) may offer a chance of cure. (More)
Posttransplant diabetes mellitus (PTDM) is a disturbing side effect of immunosuppression. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of different immunosuppressive agents on the development of PTDM in renal transplant recipients (KTx). The incidence of PTDM was evaluated in 538 consecutive KTx. Baseline immunosuppression was azathioprine (AZA),(More)
INTRODUCTION Liver transplantation represents the gold standard for the treatment of chronic liver disease. The whole transplantation process was assessed using an intention-to-treat analysis and considering patients from the time of their inclusion on the list and throughout lengthy follow-up. MATERIALS AND METHODS From January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2004,(More)
BACKGROUND Everolimus (EVE), a mammalian target of rapamycin inhibitor, has been proposed as liver transplant immunosuppressive drug, gaining wide interest also for the treatment of cancer. Although an appropriate tolerance, it may induce several adverse effects, such as fibro-interstitial pneumonitis due to the acquisition of activated myofibroblasts. The(More)
BACKGROUND Acute kidney injury (AKI) after liver transplantation (LT) is a frequent and serious complication. The incidence of AKI requiring continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) ranges from 10% to 30%. Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes guidelines indicate the use of citrate as a locoregional anticoagulant drug for CRRT regardless of the(More)