The use of tacrolimus as induction and maintenance immunosuppression in renal cadaveric transplant recipients over the age of 60

Eleftherios X. Xenos, Gaetano Ciancio, George W. Burke, David Roth, Joshua Miller

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Abstract

Renal transplantation is a treatment option that should be considered for the elderly ( ≤ 60 years old) with end-stage renal disease. Little is known regarding the use of tacrolimus (as induction and maintenance immunosuppression) in this age group. We report the outcome of kidney transplantation in 21 patients aged 60 years or more with tacrolimus. During the past few years in kidney transplant maintenance immunosuppressive regimens, we have revised our standard general protocol from cyclosporine to tacrolimus-based therapy for maintenance immunosuppression and for rescue therapy. We also introduced mycophenolate (RS-61443) while we have continued to use ATGAM/OKT3 as induction regimen in the immediate postoperative period. We treated these renal recipients with tacrolimus and steroids in combination with azathioprine or mycophenolate mofetil without antibody induction. This was well tolerated and not associated with a higher rate of rejection (20%) whereas the potential toxicity of antilymphocyte preparations was avoided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)497-499
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Transplantation
Volume11
Issue number5 II
StatePublished - Oct 1 1997

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Keywords

  • Age
  • Renal transplantation
  • Tacrolimus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Immunology

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