Hypertension and nephrology

[Experience with mycophenolate mofetil containing immunosuppressive regimen in de novo kidney transplant recipients (ORANGE study).]


FEBRUARY 20, 2018

Hypertension and nephrology - 2018;22(01)

[Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) has been used as an immunosuppressive agent in renal transplant recipients for more than two decades. The aim of the ORANGE study was to collect data with respect to the efficacy and safety of MMF containing immunosuppressive regimens during standard nephrology care in Hungarian clinical centres. Efficacy of the therapy was primarily evaluated via moni - toring of renal function based on glomerular filtration rate (GFR) values calculated on the basis of the MDRD-175 formula. A total number of 128 patients were en rolled in two clinical centres within the frames of an open-label, non-interventional study. During the course of the study, mean GFR values showed stable renal function between the 1st month (53.5±33.4 ml/min/1,73 m2) and the 12th month (58±16.3 ml/min/1,73 m2). Acute graft rejection occurred in 21 patients during the first month, further, 1-1 rejection was documented in the remaining period between 2-6 and 6-12 months after renal transplantation, respectively. The graft survival was 100% 1 month after renal transplantation, while this ratio was calculated to be 98.4% after 12 months.]



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