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Conversion from Cyclosporine to Tacrolimus improves Renal Function and Lipid Profile after Cardiac Transplantation

Miroslaw Garlicki, Pawel Czub, Krzysztof Labus, Marek P Ehrlich, Hanna Rdzanek

Ann Transplant 2006; 11(1): 24-27 :: ID: 496936


Background: Calcineurin inhibitors (CNIs) have become the cornerstone of immunosuppressive regimens following heart transplantation, but their use is associated with nephrotoxicity. The impact on renal function after conversion from cyclosporine (CsA) to tacrolimus (TAC) is reported. Patients and methods: Fifteen patients (men age 42±11 years) after cardiac transplantation (HTX) were switched from CsA to TAC (mean time after HTX 21±6 month). There were 13 male and 2 female patients. Mean cholesterol and LDL level at the time of conversion were 217±65 ml/dl and and 136±51 mg/100ml respectively. Indication for HTX was ischemic cardiomyopathy (CMP) in 8, congenital in 3 and dilatative CMP in the remaining 4 patients. Results: Mean tacrolimus level (μg/dl) at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months were 8.6±3.3, 8.6±1.4, 9.2±2.8 and 9.8±2.5 respectively. There was a statistically significant improvement in creatinine levels at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after conversion from baseline 1.9±0.7mg/dl to 1.4±0,5 mg/dl, 1.4±0.4 mg/dl, 1.3±0.4 mg/dl and 1.2±0.4 mg/dl, respectively (p< 0.05). Furthermore, TAC decreased cholesterol as well as LDL-levels during this one-year time frame. Conclusion: This study shows that conversion from CsA to tacrolimus after orthotopic heart transplantation improves renal function.

Keywords: Heart Transplantation, Renal Function, lipid profile

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