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Conversion from cyclosporin (Neoral) to tacrolimus (Prograf) in renal allograft recipients with chronic graft nephropathy: results of an observational study

Morris-Stiff, G. J., Baboolal, K., Dunstan, Frank David John and Jurewicz, W. A. 1999. Conversion from cyclosporin (Neoral) to tacrolimus (Prograf) in renal allograft recipients with chronic graft nephropathy: results of an observational study. Transplant International 12 (4) , pp. 288-292. 10.1111/j.1432-2277.1999.tb01217.x

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Abstract

To evaluate the role of tacrolimus in the treatment of Chronic Graft Nephropathy (CGN), a pilot cross-sectional study was performed on 14 patients with deteriorating renal function and biopsy-proven CGN. Maintenance therapy was switched from cyclosporin to tacrolimus, and results of conversion on allograft function were assessed by estimated glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and clinical outcome. Minimum follow-up was 15 months. Two distinctive response patterns emerged: (i) continuing deterioration of renal function with no apparent benefit over the projected trend of GFR (nine patients), and (ii) unequivocal change in the GFR trend line equation with reduced rate of deterioration in one patient and sustained improvement of GFR in four patients (reversal of downward trend). Five out of 14 patients (36 %) benefited from replacing Neoral with Prograf. All five patients exceeded their estimated time of return to dialysis by a median of 41 weeks (range: 29-52) and their grafts continue to function.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0934-0874
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:42
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/63766

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