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A prospective randomized comparison of quadruple versus triple therapy for first cadaver transplants with immediate function. Transplantation 1993 Oct;56(4):827-31



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2-s2.0-0027485759   35 Citations


In January 1988, we initiated a prospective, randomized comparison of prophylactic antilymphoblast globulin (ALG; quadruple therapy) versus no prophylactic ALG (triple therapy) in the setting of immediate graft function (defined by a brisk diuresis and a 20% decline in serum creatinine within 24 hr). Recipients were stratified according to presence of diabetes and age greater or less than 50 years. Recipients on quadruple therapy (n = 61) received 7 days of prophylactic Minnesota ALG (5 mg/kg on day 1, 10 mg/kg on day 2, 20 mg/kg on days 3-7). CsA, 10 mg/kg/day, began on day 6. AZA began at 2.5 mg/kg/day and was adjusted according to white blood cell count. Recipients on triple therapy (n = 60) began immediate CsA, 10 mg/kg/day orally and AZA, 5 mg/kg/day, tapering to 2.5 mg/kg/day by day 8. Both groups received identical prednisone tapers beginning at 1 mg/kg/day, decreasing to 0.5 mg/kg/day by 2 weeks and to 0.15 mg/kg/day by 6 months. Demographic characteristics between groups were not different with respect to diabetes, age, sex, race, per cent panel-reactive antibodies (PRA), or HLA matching. Follow-up ranged from 2 to 4.5 years. Patient survival was 93% for the quadruple therapy group and 90% for triple therapy. Actuarial graft survival was 79% in the quadruple group and 72% in the triple group (P = 0.18). Graft loss due to rejection occurred in 6/61 receiving ALG versus 7/60 in the immediate CsA group. Three of 4 high PRA recipients in the immediate CsA group lost their grafts within 30 days compared with none in the ALG group. The mean time to graft loss was significantly longer for the quadruple therapy group (17 +/- 8 months) compared with the triple therapy group (4 +/- 5 months), P = 0.006. The total number of rejection episodes was similar for both groups (29/61 vs. 31/60), as was the number who were rejection free (51% vs. 47%). The use of OKT3 was also similar between groups (28% vs. 30%). The quadruple therapy group had a higher incidence of CMV infection: 20% vs. 7% (P < 0.05), but no grafts or patients were lost as a result. Serum Cr was not different at 1 and 12 months (1.5 and 1.6 vs. 1.6 and 1.7, respectively), nor were Cr clearances (63 and 68 vs. 60 and 63). Conclusion. Early initiation of oral CsA in the setting of immediate graft function is not associated with significant nephrotoxicity.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS)

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Slakey DP, Johnson CP, Callaluce RD, Browne BJ, Zhu YR, Roza AM, Adams MB


Christopher P. Johnson MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Allan M. Roza MD Professor in the Surgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin

MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Actuarial Analysis
Antilymphocyte Serum
Drug Therapy, Combination
Follow-Up Studies
Graft Rejection
Graft Survival
Immunosuppressive Agents
Kidney Transplantation
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Time Factors
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