This report describes a 23-year experience with renal transplantation in infants, children, and adolescents at the Children's Renal Center of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. One hundred ninety-four transplants have been performed in 162 persons. Patient and graft survival is illustrated and is similar to that from other US centers. The data suggest an enhanced graft survival in transplants from living, related donors and from cadaveric donors after introduction of cyclosporine A as the primary immunosuppressive agent. The data for infants and small children are similar to that reported for adolescents and adults. Thus, all infants, children, and adolescents with chronic renal failure are potential candidates for renal transplantation. The timing of the transplant appears more critical than in the adult due to the need to consider growth and developmental milestones as well as the level of renal function. It is recommended that the counsel of a pediatric nephrologist be sought early in the course of any renal disease where progression to end-stage renal disease is probable.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Dec 1991|
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