Stela Živčić-Ćosić

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BACKGROUND The association of donor-specific HLA antibodies (DSA) with kidney graft failure has been addressed previously; however, the majority of studies were based on small numbers of patients with graft failure. METHODS We investigated 83 patients with failed kidney transplants for a possible association of de novo development and persistence or loss(More)
BACKGROUND It is an unresolved issue why some kidney transplant recipients with pretransplant donor-specific HLA antibodies (DSA) show a high transplant failure rate, whereas in other patients DSA do not harm the graft. We investigated whether help from preactivated T-cells might be necessary for DSA to exert a deleterious effect. METHODS The impact of(More)
AIMS Renal arterial pseudoaneurysm is a rare complication of renal transplantation that often causes a graft loss. A recent successful outcome of the operative treatment and a reappearance of a pseudoaneurysm and a possibility of watchful followup of pseudoaneurysm encouraged us to present our modest experience with pseudoaneurysm after renal transplant. (More)
GOAL Analysis of the incidence of urothelial cancer and outcome of treatment in patients with Endemic Balkan Nephropathy (EN) after renal transplantation. METHODS From January 1985 until October 2006, 550 kidney transplantations (389 cadaveric) and 5 combined kidney and pancreas transplantations were performed in University Hospital Center Rijeka. In only(More)
During the past ten years, the efforts to improve and organize the national transplantation system in Croatia have resulted in a steadily growing donor rate, which reached its highest level in 2011, with 33.6 utilized donors per million population (p.m.p.). Nowadays, Croatia is one of the leading countries in the world according to deceased donation and(More)
INTRODUCTION Advancements in immunosuppressive treatment of renal transplant recipients have significantly increased the graft and patient survival and significantly lowered the incidence of rejection crises. Efforts to increase long term patient and graft survival are directed to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases because they are the(More)
AIM To evaluate phase-contrast microscopy in differential diagnosis of asymptomatic microhematuria in patients with asymptomatic microhematuria during the 1993-2000 period. PATIENTS AND METHODS The study was performed at the Laboratory of Cytology, Department of Nephrology and Dialysis, Rijeka University Hospital Center, Rijeka, Croatia, and included 526(More)
INTRODUCTION Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the most common infectious complication after organ transplantation. Serology is useful only for detecting previous CMV infection. Dissatisfied with serologic follow-up after kidney transplantation, three years ago we introduced detection of CMV antigenemia by an immunocytochemical method using a monoclonal(More)
BACKGROUND Peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter placement is usually performed using general or local anesthesia. We present our PD catheter placement experience using an ultrasound-guided transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block, which is a regional anesthesia technique. METHODS In this study, we analyzed 33 patients from our center with ESRD who underwent(More)
Lymphoceles are a well-known surgical complication of kidney transplantation. We retrospectively analyzed patients with lymphoceles among our renal transplant recipients. During the last 39 years, we performed 922 renal transplantations. Lymphoceles were diagnosed and treated in 45 (4.9%) patients. We used the following methods: percutaneous drainage with(More)