Robert S. Gaston, MD; Bruce A. Julian, MD; Arnold G. Diethelm, MD; John J. Curtis, MD
Erythrocytosis afflicts 4% to 17% of renal allograft recipients. It appears most often within the first year after transplant, usually in patients with excellent graft function, and is associated with an increased risk for thromboembolic events (1). Although the pathophysiology is poorly defined, it may relate to excess production of erythropoietin by native kidneys (2). The standard therapy is serial phlebotomy (1), but no treatment has proved optimal. A recent report of enalapril-associated anemia in renal transplant recipients (3) led to a trial of this agent as therapy for post-transplant erythrocytosis.
Twelve renal allograft recipients (mean age, 39 ±
Gaston RS, Julian BA, Diethelm AG, Curtis JJ. Effects of Enalapril on Erythrocytosis after Renal Transplantation. Ann Intern Med. ;115:954–955. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-12-954
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(12):954-955.
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