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Efficacy of low doses of pamidronate in osteopenic patients administered in the early post-renal transplant



This study evaluates the efficacy of low doses of pamidronate after renal transplantation to prevent bone loss in osteopenic patients. Results show that pamidronate is safe and significantly reduced spinal bone loss when administered immediately after renal transplantation.


The purpose of this work is to evaluate the efficacy of two intravenous infusions of pamidronate in the immediate post-transplant period in a renal transplant (RT) population.


In this 12-month, randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial, 39 kidney recipients with diagnosed osteopenia received two doses of 30 mg of disodium pamidronate (n = 24) or placebo (n = 15), at surgery and 3 months post-RT. All patients received calcium and vitamin D. Bone density of the lumbar spine and total femur was measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and X-rays were performed at RT, 6 and 12 months post-RT. Biochemical and hormonal determinations were performed before and after treatment.


Pamidronate significantly reduced spinal bone loss, but no significant benefit was found for the incidence of fractures. Elevated baseline intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) and bone remodeling markers returned to normal levels 3 months post-RT. However, normal procollagen type I N propeptide (PINP) concentrations were only maintained in the pamidronate group. After RT, a comparable graft function was observed in both groups according to creatinine values, 25-hydroxyvitamin-D (25-OH-D) levels were improved, and serum calcium levels normalized after a transient fall during the first 3 months.


A low dose of pamidronate prevents bone loss in osteopenic patients when administered immediately after RT.

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The authors acknowledge the financial support of Novartis Transplantation and Immunology (Spain). We are also grateful to Infociencia Clinical Research S.L. for their assessment in the statistical analysis.

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This study was registered in the Cochrane Renal Group ID number CRG100800151.

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Torregrosa, JV., Fuster, D., Monegal, A. et al. Efficacy of low doses of pamidronate in osteopenic patients administered in the early post-renal transplant. Osteoporos Int 22, 281–287 (2011).

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