Kathryn L. Popowniak, M.D.; Satoru Nakamoto, M.D.; William E. Braun, M.D.; Ray W. Gifford Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P.; Ralph Straffon, M.D.
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Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus have been considered poor candidates for renal transplantation because of the multisystem involvement of the disease. As of 1 October 1972, the Human Renal Transplant Registry reported that only 38 patients with this disease had been transplanted in the United States since 1963. During the past 9 years six patients, aged 18 to 44 years, with systemic lupus erythematosus have received renal transplants at the Cleveland Clinic. All had end-stage renal failure requiring intermittent hemodialyses.
Immunosuppressive therapy consisted of azathioprine, 5 mg/kg of body weight, on the day of surgery and a maintenance dose of
Popowniak KL, Nakamoto S, Braun WE, et al. Successful Renal Transplantation in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:828–829. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-828_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):828-829.
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