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Transplantation. 2004 Jul 15;78(1):136-41.

Five-year follow up of thymoglobulin versus ATGAM induction in adult renal transplantation.

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Department of Pharmacy, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA.



One-year results of a randomized, double-blinded trial of Thymoglobulin versus Atgam for induction therapy in renal transplantation revealed that Thymoglobulin was associated with higher event-free survival (94% vs. 63%), less acute rejection (4% vs. 25%), and better graft survival. This article compares the safety and efficacy of Thymoglobulin versus Atgam induction through 5 years.


Review and analysis of clinic records and electronic databases.


At 5 years, event-free survival (73% vs. 33%, P<0.001), graft survival (77% vs. 55%, P=0.047), and freedom from rejection (92% vs. 66%, P=0.007) were higher with Thymoglobulin versus Atgam. No additional cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease occurred after the first year with Thymoglobulin or Atgam (13% vs. 33%, P=0.056). There were two cases of posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) with the Atgam arm and none with Thymoglobulin. Thymoglobulin was associated with profound lymphopenia at 2 years after transplantation.


Thymoglobulin was associated with higher event-free survival, graft survival, and freedom from rejection without increased PTLD or CMV disease at 5 years compared with Atgam. The prolonged and profound lymphopenia may contribute to the long-term results associated with Thymoglobulin.

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