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Transplantation. 2003 Feb 27;75(4):562-3.

Simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation in patients with antiphospholipid syndrome.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, Knappschaftskrankenhaus Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany.



Graft thrombosis is one of the main reasons of graft loss following simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplantation (SPK). Although antiphospholipid syndrome (APLS) is known as a high risk for graft thrombosis in kidney transplants alone, little is known about APLS in SPK.


Between September 2000 and December 2001, 45 SPK were performed. The treatment and clinical course of 2 patients with APLS is presented.


In one patient, APLS was known before transplantation. After SPK, she was treated by systemic heparin followed by coumarin. Both grafts are doing well 5 months posttransplant. The second patient underwent SPK without knowledge of APLS. The patient developed a deep vein thrombosis 5 weeks posttransplant. Hypercoagulability screening revealed APLS. Treatment consisted of systemic anticoagulation. Grafts were not affected.


SPK can successfully be performed in APLS patients if anticoagulation is performed consistently. To reduce the risk of graft thrombosis, a pretransplant screening for APLS would probably be of benefit.

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