R W G Gruessner

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Over the last 10 years, there have been important changes in immunosuppression management and strategies for solid-organ transplantation, characterized by the use of new immunosuppressive agents and regimens. An organ-by-organ review of OPTN/SRTR data showed several important trends in immunosuppression practice. There is an increasing trend toward the use(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine outcome in diabetic pancreas transplant recipients according to risk factors and the surgical techniques and immunosuppressive protocols that evolved during a 33-year period at a single institution. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus is associated with a high incidence of management problems and secondary(More)
BACKGROUND Technical failure (TF) rates remain high after pancreas transplants; while rates have decreased over the last decade, more than 10% of all pancreas grafts continue to be lost due to technical reasons. We performed a multivariate analysis to determine causes and risk factors for TF of pancreas grafts. RESULTS Between 1994 and 2003, 937 pancreas(More)
BACKGROUND Symptomatic lymphoceles are not uncommon after kidney transplantations. Surgical marsupialization with internal drainage is the treatment of choice. However, laparoscopic drainage is reportedly as effective, with only minimal trauma. METHODS We attempted 14 laparoscopic lymphocele drainages during a 3-year period and studied the indications and(More)
An international conference of transplant physicians, surgeons, and allied health professionals was held in Vancouver, Canada, on September 15 and 16, 2005 to address the care of the live lung, liver, pancreas, and intestine organ donor. The Vancouver Forum was convened under the auspices of the Ethics Committee of The Transplantation Society. Forum(More)
BACKGROUND We reviewed the incidence of and risk factors for venous thromboembolic complications in our population of kidney (KTx) and simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplant (SPK) recipients. METHODS Information was collected retrospectively from a database on 1833 KTx and 276 SPK recipients who underwent transplant surgery between January 1985 and(More)
Chronic rejection is a major barrier to long-term renal allograft survival. Cyclosporine, though effective at reducing graft loss to acute rejection, has had little impact on the incidence of chronic rejection. Between June 2, 1986 and January 22, 1991, 587 kidney-alone transplants (566 patients) were performed, and had been entered into our renal(More)
We determined and compared the mortality of pancreas transplant recipients and of patients on the pancreas waiting lists by using United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and International Pancreas Transplant Registry (IPTR) data. From January 1, 1995, through May 31, 2003, a total of 12,478 patients were listed for a simultaneous pancreas-kidney (SPK)(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Acquired red cell aplasia (RCA) is a rare disorder and can be either idiopathic or associated with certain diseases, pregnancy, or drugs. In exceptionally rare cases, it has been reported to co-exist with other autoimmune cytopenias. We report a high incidence of RCA and autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) in pancreas transplant(More)
We reviewed urologic complications of 1183 consecutive primary or secondary renal transplants performed with bladder anastomoses at the University of Minnesota Hospital between 1985 and 1993. The Politano-Leadbetter (PL) technique of ureteroneocystostomy was used in 410 patients; the multistich (MS) extravesical technique modified from the methods of(More)