The Pretreatment Principle in Renal Transplantation as Illustrated by Thoracic Duct Drainage

  • Thomas E. Starzl
  • Richard WeilIII
  • Lawrence J. Koep


In spite of all that has been achieved, renal transplantation still provides a flawed and unpredictable service. In the average American center in the decade of the seventies, less than half the recipients of first cadaver kidneys had graft function by the end of the first postoperative year. One reason may be neglect of what has been called the “forgotten pretreatment principle.” It is that subject which is addressed here, with particular emphasis on thoracic duct drainage (TDD).


Renal Transplantation Thoracic Duct Kidney Recipient Liver Recipient Cadaver Renal Transplant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas E. Starzl
    • 1
  • Richard WeilIII
    • 2
  • Lawrence J. Koep
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Center, Oakland Veterans Administration Medical CenterPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, School of MedicineUniversity of ColoradoDenverUSA
  3. 3.PhoenixUSA

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