Long-term outcomes of transplant recipients referred for angiography for suspected transplant renal artery stenosis

Anum Ali, Dennis Mishler, Tim Taber, David Agarwal, Muhammad Yaqub, Muhammad Mujtaba, William Goggins, Asif Sharfuddin

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Our aim was to study the long-term outcomes of all transplant recipients who underwent angiography for suspected TRAS at our institution. The patients were divided into TRAS+ve and TRAS-ve groups based upon angiographically confirmed results. TRAS was confirmed in 58.1% of 74 patients with median time of 8.9 months. Primary angioplasty alone was performed in 56% of patients with TRAS, while the remaining had PTA with stent (PTAS). There was reduction in systolic and diastolic BP (165 ± 19-136 ± 15 mmHg and 82 ± 14 mmHg to 68 ± 12 mmHg; p < 0.05) and number of antihypertensive drugs (3.5 ± 0.9-2.7 ± 1.0; p < 0.05). Overall, graft survival and patient survival from time of transplant were similar in both groups. Graft function was similar for the patients with treated TRAS+ve as compared to TRAS-ve over time. Graft survival and patient survival when compared to an age- and year of transplant-matched cohort control group were also similar. In conclusion, angiography for suspected TRAS is more likely to yield a confirmatory result early in the transplant course as compared to late. Treatment of TRAS in these patients had sustained long-term graft function. Alternative etiologies of HTN and graft dysfunction should be sought for recipients further out from transplant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-755
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Graft function
  • Graft survival
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney transplant
  • Transplant renal artery stenosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


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