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Favorable long-term outcome after liver-kidney transplant for recurrent hemolytic uremic syndrome associated with a factor H mutation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lisa Turnbull, Professor Tim Goodship


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A male child initially presented with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) at the age of 4 months and progressed within weeks to end stage renal disease (ESRD). At the age of 2 years he received a live-related kidney transplant from his mother, which, despite initial good function, was lost to recurrent disease after 2 weeks. Complement factor H analysis showed low serum levels and the presence of two mutations on different alleles (c.2918G > A, Cys973Tyr and c.3590T > C, Val197Ala). His survival on dialysis was at risk because of access failure and recurrent bacteremic episodes. Therefore, at the age of 5 years he received a combined liver-kidney transplant with pre-operative plasma exchange. Initial function of both grafts was excellent and this has been maintained for over 2 years. This report suggests that despite setbacks in previous experience, combined liver-kidney transplantation offers the prospect of a favorable long-term outcome for patients with HUS associated with complement factor H mutations. & 2006 The Authors.

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Author(s): Saland JM, Emre SH, Shneider BL, Benchimol C, Ames S, Bromberg JS, Remuzzi G, Strain L, Goodship THJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: American Journal of Transplantation

Year: 2006

Volume: 6

Issue: 8

Pages: 1948-1952

ISSN (print): 1600-6135

ISSN (electronic): 1600-6143

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2006.01375.x


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