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BACKGROUND To date, limited information is available describing the incidence and impact of de novo donor-specific anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies (dnDSA) in the primary renal transplant patient. This report details the dnDSA incidence and actual 3-year post-dnDSA graft outcomes. METHODS The study includes 189 consecutive nonsensitized,(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors evaluated the morbidity, mortality, and quality of life after pancreatic debridement for necrosis and compared these values to those for quality of life after elective medical and surgical management for chronic pancreatitis. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA Quality of life after pancreatic debridement for necrosis has received little(More)
Reports have associated non-HLA antibodies, specifically those against angiotensin II type-1 receptor (AT1R), with antibody-mediated kidney graft rejection. However, association of anti-AT1R with graft failure had not been demonstrated. We tested anti-AT1R and donor-specific HLA antibodies (DSA) in pre- and posttransplant sera from 351 consecutive kidney(More)
A specific gas chromatographic assay has been developed for measurement of valproic acid (VPA) and its major conjugated metabolites. In rats given single intravenous doses, the decline in blood concentration of VPA was dose-dependent and followed first-order kinetics only at the lowest dose. The time required for the maximum concentration of VPA, after(More)
In October 2005, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) implemented a revised allocation policy requiring that renal allografts from young deceased donors (DDs) (<35 years old) be offered preferentially to pediatric patients (<18 years old). In this study, we compare the pre- and postpolicy quarterly pediatric transplant statistics from 2000 to 2008.(More)
PURPOSE To our knowledge the effects of renal warm ischemia (WI) during laparoscopic vs open surgery have not been investigated. Decreased renal blood flow during pneumoperitoneum may precondition the kidney to tolerate longer WI time. Traditionally 30 minutes has defined the limit of renal WI time in open surgery. However, recent reports show renal(More)