35.8.3. Renal transplantation

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Three preliminary reports have been published concerning FLCs in renal transplant recipients. Li et al. [819] found that, out of a number of urinary proteins measured, FLCs provided the best prediction of early allograft rejection (n=103). Shabir et al. [820] measured serum ΣFLCs in two transplant cohorts (n=399 and n=40) and found variations according to the type and level of immunosuppression. It was speculated that sFLC measurement might provide information useful for managing immunosuppressive regimes. Shabir et al. [821] quantified ΣFLCs in serial serum samples collected from 79 renal transplant recipients and corrected values for renal function to give a better estimate of FLC production (eFLC). eFLC was lower when more aggressive immunosuppression was being administered and low levels were predictive of increased risk of infection.


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