Navigation Links
Steroid-Free Liver Transplants

A new study out of Belgium suggests children undergoing liver transplants may fare better if they don't receive steroids. //

Ever since organ transplants began, steroids have played a major role in helping recipients fend off rejection of their new organ. However, the treatment is not without side effects, especially in children. Steroids have been linked to infections, high blood pressure, elevated blood cholesterol, and impaired growth in young patients.

Researchers in this study tested the use of a newer anti-rejection drug in a group of 20 children needing liver transplants to see if the new drug might solve some of these problems. The patients received a combination therapy in which the drug basiliximab replaced steroids in an otherwise standard treatment.

The children were all followed for at least a year. Investigators compared outcomes for the group with those from a similar group of 20 children who had received liver transplants in the past and had been given steroid treatment.

The study found children on the newer combination of medications had a 25 percent graft rejection rate after one year vs. 50 percent among those who had received steroid therapy following their transplant. Children on the new treatment also had a reduced need for high blood pressure medications and appeared to begin catching up on growth soon after their transplant. Cholesterol levels at the one-year follow up were about the same in the children who received the new treatment as those seen among kids who received the standard treatment with steroids.

Author Raymond Reding notes, "Our results suggest no harmful effect of steroid avoidance for graft acceptance, but this finding will need to be confirmed after extended follow-up."


'"/>




Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Blood Cells Capable of Regenerating Liver
2. Liver donors can thrive after transplant
3. Heavy Drinking Raises Risk of Liver Cancer
4. Arthritis Drug May Cause Liver Damage
5. Liver transplant oversight urged
6. Liver key to extending life
7. Liver cancers which spread are linked to a particular gene
8. Liver diseases: The enemy with an accomplice
9. Troubled Childhood found to affect your Liver
10. New Liver Tumor Treatment
11. Transplants Help Liver Cancer Patients
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/7/2020)... ATLANTA (PRWEB) , ... July 07, 2020 , ... ... offer clients a new way to improve their scalp health. It is now possible ... By adding this treatment process to his practice, Dr. DeJoseph is able to provide ...
(Date:7/4/2020)... ... July 03, 2020 , ... MemoryCare.com ... has announced the Best Memory Care Facilities in Charleston, South Carolina. The guide ... and amenities. , According to the Alzheimer’s Association , 5.6 million ...
(Date:7/2/2020)... ... 02, 2020 , ... The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in ... conjunction with the American Dental Association and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ... Due to safety concerns, the announcement sparked hesitancy among some hygienists, who protested ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... ... July 01, 2020 , ... ... it has been selected by Codiak BioSciences to support its cleanroom build out ... the cleanroom infrastructure for the drug substance and product manufacturing for its clinical ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 26, 2020 , ... ... and the general public. As a supplier of top-quality masks, sanitizers and thermometers, ... for PPE equipment. President Priya Agarwal observed, “All of our masks are manufactured ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/2/2020)... ... July 02, 2020 , ... Gulf Coast Pharmaceuticals ... its donation of more than $190,000 in personal protective equipment (PPE) to the ... As extreme medical shortages continue to plague the nation’s communities and healthcare facilities, ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... FRANCISCO (PRWEB) , ... July 01, 2020 , ... ... the first time ever, Stratodesk NoTouch OS is available on NComputing devices. Thanks ... device, both NComputing and Stratodesk have formed a new partnership that will make ...
(Date:6/25/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2020 , ... R3 Medical ... Course taking place in August at several locations. The first course is August 6-7, ... addition, the course is being offered as a Virtual Live Stream option. , The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: