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Pediatr Transplant. 2005 Aug;9(4):504-11.

Mycophenolate mofetil suspension in pediatric renal transplantation: three-year data from the tricontinental trial.

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  • 1Division of Pediatric Nephrology, University Children's Hospital Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.


Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is widely used to prevent acute rejection in adult solid organ transplant recipients, but data in children and adolescents are scarce. This prospective, multicenter, open-labeled, single-arm study investigated the efficacy and safety of an MMF-based immunosuppressive regimen in 100 pediatric renal transplant recipients over a 3-yr period of time. Three age groups were formed (<6 yr, n = 33; 6 to <12 yr, n = 34; 12-18 yr, n = 33). Basic immunosuppression consisted of MMF (600 mg/m(2) b.i.d), cyclosporin A microemulsion and corticosteroids. Seventy-three percent of patients were given anti-lymphocyte antibody induction therapy, of whom 74% received anti-thymocyte globulin. Patient and graft survival 3 yr after transplantation amounted to 98 and 95%, respectively. Twenty-five percent of all patients suffered a biopsy-proven acute rejection episode in the first 6 month post-transplant. Children undergoing induction therapy exhibited a numerically lower rejection rate (21 vs. 37%, p = 0.11). Three years after transplantation, the acute rejection rate added up to 30% (26% with induction therapy vs. 41% without induction therapy, p = 0.21). The number of patients with acute rejection was lowest in the youngest age group (18%), in comparison with 39% in the 6 to <12 yr and 33% in the 12-18 yr age group, respectively. For the entire patient population, the rate of patients who withdrew prematurely because of adverse events was low (12%). The present study shows that MMF therapy in pediatric renal transplant recipients leads to an excellent patient and graft survival 3 yr post-transplant with an acceptable safety profile.

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