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In the past two decades, transplantation has become a preferred modality of treatment of end-stage failure of vital organs. Currently, with the significant improvement in short-term graft survival rates, the main effort is concentrated on prolonging the functional life span of transplanted organs. One of the theories which were put forward to explain the(More)
Cyclosporin is poorly tolerated in patients with amyloidosis due to familial mediterranean fever who are receiving colchicine. There is a high incidence of gastrointestinal side-effects and muscle weakness, both of which are reversible on stopping cyclosporin. Thus in patients with amyloidosis secondary to familial mediterranean fever treated with(More)
Two cases of suicide by related kidney donors following graft rejection and the death of the recipients are reported. It is concluded that psychiatric screening of the donor before transplantation is necessary in order to obtain information about past psychopathology, ambivalence involved in donating the kidney, psychological style, characteristic defenses(More)
BACKGROUND Veno-occlusive disease (VOD) after liver transplantation is associated with acute rejection and poor outcome. The use of antithrombotic and thrombolytic agents is limited by their toxicity. Defibrotide is a polydeoxyribonucleotide with thrombolytic and antithrombotic properties and no systemic anticoagulant effect. METHODS Defibrotide, 35-40(More)
A 5-year retrospective survey of infections following 258 renal transplants in 233 patients is reported from a large medical center in Israel. The most common sites of infection were the urinary tract, the surgical incision, and the lung. We recorded 157 episodes of bacteriuria, 75% during the first month following transplantation. In 24 patients, 25(More)
Fungal infection is an uncommon complication after renal transplantation. We describe a rare form of mucormycosis in the renal graft. Our method was to review chart data and to perform medline searches. The patient was a 42-year-old man who underwent living-unrelated kidney transplantation in Egypt and returned to Israel on POD 8. Within the ensuing 4 weeks(More)
Mucormycosis is an opportunistic infection caused by fungi of the order Mucorales. The commonest clinical form is rhinocerebral mucormycosis, which has been described as characteristically complicating diabetes mellitus and leukemia. Three patients with rhinocerebral mucormycosis complicating renal transplantation are described, and 11 additional cases(More)