What is the length of treatment for immunosuppression after solid organ transplantation?

Updated: Jan 04, 2016
  • Author: Bethany Pellegrino, MD; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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Although induction of tolerance may allow withdrawal of immunosuppression in the future, at this time, immunosuppressive medications appear to be necessary for the life of the transplanted organ. Episodes of acute cellular rejection have occurred after the cessation of medication even 20 years after transplantation. For patients with stable graft function, individual components of the treatment regimen may be gradually diminished or completely discontinued; however, in most patients, some degree of immunosuppression must be continued. Some patients with severe resistant infections or malignancy related to immunosuppressants require the discontinuation of these medicines.


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