Key words Non-episode biopsy
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract Histopathological findings in renal allograft with stable function remain unclear. We therefore performed non-episode biopsy in the long-surviving renal allograft to investigate the histopathological changes. Our data show that, although arteriolopathy is characteristic of drug-induced nephropathy, it is unrelated to dosage and concentration of cyclosporine or tacrolimus in non-episode biopsy. We evaluated therefore the clinicopathological findings of arteriolopathy in this study. Non-episode biopsy was defined as follows: as serum creatinine level lower than, 2.0 mg/dl and a urinary protein level lower than 500 mg/day. A total of 65 biopsy specimens were enrolled in this study as non-episode biopsy. Twenty-nine specimens revealed arteriolopathy. There were no statistically significant differences between arteriolopathy and dosage or concentration of cyclosporine or tacrolimus. Arteriolopathy in non-episode biopsy was related to time of biopsy, kidney age, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, suggesting that it is important for graft survival to strictly control blood pressure and blood lipid level.
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