Kidney transplantation from living donors: Comparison of results between related and unrelated donor transplants under new immunosuppressive protocols

Archil B. Chkhotua, Tirza Klein, Esther L. Shabtai, Alexander Yussim, Nathan Bar-Nathan, Ezra Shaharabani, Shmariahu Lustig, Eytan Mor

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Abstract

Background: Recent advances in immunosuppressive therapy have led to a substantial improvement in the outcome of kidney transplantation. Living unrelated donors may become a source of additional organs for patients on the kidney waiting list. Objectives: To study the impact of the combination of calcineurin inhibitors and mycophenolate-mofetile, together with steroids, on outcomes of living related and unrelated transplants. Methods: Between September 1997 and January 2000, 129 patients underwent living related (n = 80) or unrelated (n = 49) kidney transplant. The mean follow-up was 28.2 months. Immunosuppressive protocols consisted of MMF with cyclosporine (41%) or tacrolimus (59%), plus steroids. Patient and graft survival data, rejection rate, and graft functional parameters were compared between the groups. Results: LUD recipients were older (47.8 vs. 33.6 years) with a higher number of re-transplants (24.5% vs. 11.2% in LRD recipients, P < 0.05). Human leukocyte antigen matching was higher in LRD recipients (P < 0.001). Acute rejection developed in 28.6% of LUD and 27.5% of LRD transplants (P = NS). Creatinine levels at 1, 2 and 3 years post-transplant were 1.6, 1.7 and 1.7 mg/dl for LRD patients and 1.5, 1.5 and 1.3 mg/dl for LUD recipients (P = NS). There was no difference in patient survival rates between the groups. One, 2 and 3 year graft survival rates were similar in LRD (91.3%, 90% and 87.5%) and LUD (89.8%, 87.8% and 87.8%) recipients. Conclusions: Despite HLA disparity, rejection and survival rates of living unrelated transplants under current immunosuppressive protocols are comparable to those of living related transplants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)622-625
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume5
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2003

Keywords

  • Donor
  • Graft
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Survival

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