Steroid therapy was withdrawn in 85% of 152 orthotopic liver transplant recipients with grafts surviving for more than 3 months, and 87% of these remained steroid-free. Steroid therapy was restarted in 8% for reasons other than rejection. The most common was conversion of immunosuppression because of cyclosporine nephrotoxicity. The incidence of rejection after steroid withdrawal was low: 3.8% for chronic rejection (CR) and 4.5% for acute rejection. Only 3 grafts (1.9%) were lost because of CR. No risk factors have been identified for the development of CR after steroid withdrawal, but a protective role for azathioprine has been suggested.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Transplant international : official journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|