The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety, efficacy, and transplant outcomes associated with FK506 rescue and maintenance therapy in pancreas transplant recipients. A chart review was conducted on 10 patients receiving FK506 after pancreas transplantation. Transplant outcomes were compared with an equivalent group of patients receiving cyclosporine. Medication dose, side effects, infections, rejection episodes, glycemic control, and graft survival were recorded from 2 to 28 weeks after transplant. Rescue therapy was successful in the patients who were converted to FK506 prior to a significant decline in glycemic control, whereas those patients who were converted after a decline in glycemic control were required to return to exogenous insulin administration. Neurological complications, nephrotoxicity, incidence of infection, hypertension, rejection, and graft survival were similar for both groups. Use of FK506 is comparable to cyclosporine in pancreas allograft recipients and successful conversion from cyclosporine to FK506 can be undertaken for rescue therapy.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Transplant Coordination|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1996|
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