Immunosuppression for Dual Kidney Transplantation with Marginal Organs: The Old Is Better Yet

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Abstract

Immunosuppressive protocols in dual kidney transplantation (DKT) are based on calcinerurin inhibitors (CNI). We wonder whether a CNI-free immunosuppression can improve outcome in older patients receiving a DKT with marginal donor organs. Thirty-six were treated with CsA, MMF and prednisone (CsA group) and 42 with rATG, SRL, MMF and prednisone (SRL group). Incidence of delayed graft function and acute rejection was 44% and 11% in the CsA group, and 40% and 8% in the SRL group. CMV infection incidence was low in both protocols. Three-year patient survival was 89% in the CsA and 76% in the SRL group. One- and 3-year graft survival after censoring for dead with a functioning allograft was 94.2% and 94% in CsA and 95% and 90% in SRL, respectively. Renal function was similar in both groups whereas proteinuria was higher in the SRL group. Uninephrectomy due to graft thrombosis or urinary-related complications was numerically higher in the SRL (21%) than in the CsA group (8%) (p = 0.13) and it was associated with renal failure and proteinuria. In DKT, a new induction immunosuppressive protocol based on rATG, SRL, MMF and prednisone does not offer any advantage in comparison to the old CsA, MMF and prednisone.

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