Successful outcome of a complicated pregnancy in a renal transplant recipient taking cyclosporine A

K. Derfler, A. Schaller, Ch Herold, P. Balcke, C. Nowotny, R. Walter, H. Kopsa, M. Endler, F. Stockenhuber, K. Kletter

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The successful outcome of a pregnancy complicated by reversible renal failure secondary to total ureteral obstruction caused by a pregnant uterus and treated temporarily with nephrostomy is reported. The cyclosporine A (CsA) and prednisone treated female recipient of a cadaveric renal allograft gave birth to a male child, which at 2080 grams was small for gestational age (35 weeks of pregnancy). The child presented neither signs of congenital anomalies or chromosome aberations nor nephrotoxicity, hepatotoxicity or anemia. Simultaneous measurement of trough CsA blood levels (CsA RIA, Sandoz) displayed reduced values in the child's blood (mother 864 ng/ml - 4 hours after oral CsA intake; son 312 ng/ml). Beside postrenal failure the patient's pregnancy was complicated by 7 rejection episodes treated with high doses of methylprednisone (total dose 5 g) with reversible damage of the transplant function, two episodes of urinary tract infection and increasing anemia necessitating blood transfusions. The HIV negative patient had developed a Kaposi's sarcoma 6 weeks after grafting. The progression of infiltrating skin lesions during pregnancy was not seen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-102
Number of pages7
JournalClinical nephrology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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