Renal transplantation in patients with a history of heroin abuse

M. J V Gordon, R. White, A. J. Matas, V. A. Tellis, D. Glicklich, T. Quinn, R. Soberman, F. J. Veith

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Former heroin addicts are potentially a high-risk group for transplantation. These patients have previously demonstrated irresponsible behavior. In addition, heroin, either by itself or because of associated impurities, has been implicated as a cause of renal failure. Both short and long-term patient and graft survival could be compromised by lack of compliance as well as by continued intravenous abuse of drugs. However, many addicts who discontinue use of the drug do not return to their addiction and such patients frequently demonstrate compliant behavior while on hemodialysis. A question remains, however, as to whether these individuals should be accepted for renal transplantation without regard to their history of heroin addiction. In this study, we compared the results of transplantation in a selected group of former heroin addicts with results in a matched control group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)556-557
Number of pages2
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Immunology


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