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      Withdrawal of Azathioprine in Renal Transplant Patients with Chronic Active Hepatitis: Is It Wise or Not?

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      Nephron

      S. Karger AG

      Renal transplantation, Azathioprine withdrawal, Hepatitis

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          Withdrawal of azathioprine in renal transplant recipients with chronic active hepatitis and persisting HBs antigenemia was recommended for its beneficial effect on the course of liver disease. We report here three cases in which azathioprine treatment was stopped for this reason. One of these patients lost his graft due to irreversible vascular rejection 6 years after successful transplantation. Decrease of graft function paralleled azathioprine withdrawal in a second patient. Data from other reports indicate that cessation of azathioprine treatment may be followed by decreased graft function or even graft loss. We conclude that the risk of altered graft function is substantial and this is too high a price to pay for a procedure that may not prevent chronic active hepatitis from progressing to cirrhosis.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-3675-2
          978-3-318-02021-2
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1983
          1983
          03 December 2008
          : 33
          : 2
          : 150-155
          Affiliations
          Abteilung Nephrologie, Department für Innere Medizin, Kantonsspital, Basel, Schweiz
          Article
          182930 Nephron 1983;33:150–155
          10.1159/000182930
          6339969
          © 1983 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 6
          Categories
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          Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

          Hepatitis, Azathioprine withdrawal, Renal transplantation

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