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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-61
Outcome of Patients without any Immunosuppressive Therapy after Renal Allograft Failure


Department of Nephrology, Khorshid Hospital, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Isfahan, Iran

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Afsoon Emami Naini
Department of Nephrology, Khorshid Hospital, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Isfahan
Iran
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Continuation of low-dose maintenance immunosuppressive therapy in end­stage renal allografts (ESRAs) that are left in situ is controversial. We studied the outcome of 85 patients (mean age 33.3 ± 13.4 and range of 12-56 years) on hemodialysis with ESRAs, and without immunosuppressive therapy in our center from July 1991 to July 2003. Twelve (14.1%) study patients underwent allograft nephrectomy within a mean interval of 44.5 months after graft failure. The rest of the patients remained stable without fever, hematuria, graft tenderness, or localized edema during a mean interval of 46.5 ± 45.2 months of follow-up. These results are promising and suggest that maintenance immuno­suppressive therapy in patients with ESRAs and on dialysis may not be necessary to avoid allograft nephrectomy. Prospective studies are warranted to substantiate these results.


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