24 December 2008
The function of renal allografts in patients who had received pretransplant immunoadsorption in order to remove cytotoxic anti-HLA antibodies was studied. We reviewed 6 patients who received a graft which functioned beyond 3 months; the mean follow-up period was 76 (range 62-89) months. Two grafts have been lost from chronic rejection, at 12 and 62 months, respectively. The mean plasma creatinine levels at 1 and 5 years were 169 (range 143-211) μmol/l and 155 (range 92-235) μmol/l, respectively (1.91, range 1.62-2.39, mg/dl and 1.75, range 1.04-2.66, mg/dl, respectively). The major source of morbidity during long-term follow-up has been the occurrence of renal artery stenosis in 5 patients and renal vein stenosis in 1. In conclusion, the 5-year graft survival and function was good in patients who received immunoadsorption and whose grafts survived beyond the first 3 months after transplantation.