The ever increasing demand for donor organs has forced transplant surgeons to liberalize selection criteria. To avoid initial nephrotoxicity to kidneys from donors over 65 years of age, immunosuppression was begun with an IL-2 receptor antibody, mycophenolate mofetil, and steroids in a total of 38 recipients over 65 years. Calcineurin inhibitors (CI) were added after sufficient graft function was reached. After a mean cold ischemia time of 14:01 hours and a delayed function rate of 31%, patient survival, graft survival, and serum creatinine were 97.4%, 94.7%, and 1.5 mg/dL at 1 and 92.1%, 92.1%, and 1.7 mg/dL at 2 years, respectively. Thus, excellent results can be achieved in old recipients of old donor kidneys with CI-free initial immunosuppression.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Mar 2005|
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