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September 1987

Kidney Transplantation in the Cyclosporine Era

Arch Surg. 1987;122(9):1001-1004. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1987.01400210039005

• Seventy-seven patients underwent transplantation, using a cyclosporine-prednisone immunosuppression protocol. No recipients died, and graft survival at one year was 100% for living related donor (LRD) recipients and 84% for cadaver donor (CD) recipients. Nineteen percent of locally harvested, flush-cooled kidney recipients required dialysis, whereas imported kidneys had a 66% dialysis rate. Infectious complications occurred in 17% of patients. Mean hospitalization was 12.8 days for LRD recipients and 13.6 days for CD recipients. Twenty-eight patients required 37 readmissions, mostly for treatment of rejection and infections. Total two-year cost for LRD transplants was $21400; for CD transplants, $23 900.

(Arch Surg 1987;122:1001-1004)