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Preventing Kidney Transplant Rejection

Rabbit-Derived Drug Prevents Kidney Transplant Rejection

A study headed by Daniel C. Brennan, MD, director of transplant nephrology at Washington University School of Medicine and medical director of kidney transplant at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, shows that using a rabbit-derived drug to prevent acute rejection of donated kidneys can reap long-term benefits.

The research describes a multi-center, international clinical trial comparing two “induction agents,” drugs given to kidney transplant patients who have received donor organs from deceased donors.

The agents are given during the first several days after surgery in order to avoid delayed functioning of the organ and to prevent acute rejection.

Heart/Kidney Transplant

In 2010, Jonathan Sadowski became the first patient at Barnes-Jewish to receive a combined heart/kidney transplant, a new procedure allowing some patients after heart transplant to avoid dialysis.

 

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