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ISSN 2577-5820

OBM Transplantation , Volume 5 , Issue 3 (2021)

Pages: 73

Published: October 2022

(This book is a printed edition that was published in OBM Transplantation)

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Cover story:HLA antibody incompatible kidney transplantation is the best model for examining antibody responses and this review looks at methods for interrogating the antibodies using ‘traditional’ snapshot techniques such as cytoxicity testing, and newer dissection techniques such as antibody subclass, complement binding and activity and affinity.  View this paper.

Volume 5,Issue 3

Open Access Opinion

Belatacept Dosing in Lung Transplantation: Is There a Method to the Madness?

Received: 09 July 2021;  Published: 30 August 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.2103152


Data supporting the use of belatacept in non-abdominal organs are limited to case series and small cohorts involving patients requiring conversion due to CNI intolerance or contraindication. Review articles summarizing the efficacy of belatacept salvage therapy in lung transplantation have previously been published, however, dosing regimens are highly variable and uniform guidance is lacking. In this article, indications and considerations for belatacept use in lung transplant recipi [...]

Open Access Review

Defining Clinically Pathogenic HLA-Specific Antibodies - Granular Details in Characteristics in Pre and Early Time Following HLA-Antibody Incompatible Kidney Transplantation

Received: 11 May 2021;  Published: 17 August 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.2103151


Antibodies against donor HLA determine access to solid organ transplantation and in many cases the outcome of transplantation, but graft failure is not an inevitable consequence of their presence. Much research has been performed with two main aims – which antibodies represent the highest risk factor prior to transplantation, and second to understand how donor specific HLA antibodies behave after transplantation, with a long-term aim of being able to manipulate their production. HLA [...]

Open Access Original Research

Predictors of Mid-Term Glomerular Filtration Rate after Deceased Donor Renal Transplantation: Kidney Donor Profile Index as a Predictor of Mid-Term GFR

Received: 17 March 2021;  Published: 20 July 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.2103150


Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is an excellent indicator of renal function; however, it is rarely evaluated as an endpoint. We investigated donor and recipient factors for associations that might be predictive of mid-term GFR after renal transplantation. We performed a retrospective review of 828 deceased donor renal transplantations performed at Montefiore Medical Center between the years 2009-2015. Donor characteristics included KDPI, [low (<20%), medium (20-80%), high (>80 [...]

Open Access Review

Sarcopenia; An Endemic in the Times of Pandemic in Liver Transplantation

Received: 31 March 2021;  Published: 20 July 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.2103149


Liver transplantation (LT) has grown monumentally in the last 40 years. Sarcopenia has emerged as an independent factor associated with increased mortality in patients with end stage liver disease. In this review we aim to shed light upon recent developments in assessment, clinical implications, management of sarcopenia in patients requiring a liver transplant. We also bring attention to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on sarcopenia which ranges from the disease pathology to the unpr [...]

Open Access Case Report

Efficacy of Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation for the Treatment of Multiple Myeloma in HIV-Positive Patients

Received: 12 April 2021;  Published: 09 July 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.2103148


Prior to the advent of anti-retroviral therapy (ART), autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) was relatively contraindicated for multiple myeloma (MM) patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) due to issues associated with stem cell harvest and the risk of opportunistic infections. With the widespread use of ART for control of HIV, ASCT is now the preferred treatment for relapsed lymphoma, the leading hematopoietic malignancy associated with HIV/AIDS. Hence, MM patients with HI [...]

Open Access Case Report

Macroscopic Aspergillus Infection at the Anastomosis of a Lung Transplant Recipient

Received: 25 October 2020;  Published: 03 July 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.transplant.2103147


A 65-year-old female with a history of right lung transplantation (LTx) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 9-years prior complicated by grade 3 bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS) was admitted to the hospital for chest pain and dyspnea on exertion (DOE). Her bronchoscopy revealed fluffy, endobronchial lesions that were adherent to the right sided anastomosis resulting in mild obstruction of the right mainstem bronchus. Pathology from biopsies of the endobronchial le [...]