Immunosuppression for pancreas transplant recipients

Part of the Developments in Surgery book series (DISU, volume 10)


When writing a chapter on immunosuppression for pancreas transplant recipients in 1986/87 one has to realize that the drug cyclosporin (CS) plays an important and major role in terms of a powerful immunosuppressive agent with regard to all protocols applied world-wide at the present time. At the moment, therefore, there appears to be no room for an exclusive use of conventional immunosuppressive therapy consisting of steroids and azathioprine in pancreatic transplantation. At the same time one has to state that an immunosuppressive protocol (including cyclosporin) in terms of a well-controlled large clinical trial with special emphasis on the particular situation of clinical pancreatic transplantation has not been worked out or even widely tested so far. Probably, the relatively small number of recipients transplanted at a few institutions are the major hint for the performance of such a clinical trial.


Rejection Episode Pancreas Transplant Graft Survival Rate Acute Rejection Episode High Performance Liquid Chromatog 
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