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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Abstract

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
JournalTransplantation
Volume42
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

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Heroin Dependence
Heroin
Kidney Transplantation
Transplantation
Intravenous Substance Abuse
Graft Survival
Compliance
Cooperative Behavior
Renal Insufficiency
Renal Dialysis
Research Design
Control Groups
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Transplantation
  • Immunology

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Gordon, M. J. V., White, R., Matas, A. J., Tellis, V. A., Glicklich, D., Quinn, T., ... Veith, F. J. (1986). Renal transplantation in patients with a history of heroin abuse. Transplantation, 42(5), 556-557.

Renal transplantation in patients with a history of heroin abuse. / Gordon, M. J V; White, R.; Matas, A. J.; Tellis, V. A.; Glicklich, D.; Quinn, T.; Soberman, R.; Veith, F. J.

In: Transplantation, Vol. 42, No. 5, 1986, p. 556-557.

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Gordon, MJV, White, R, Matas, AJ, Tellis, VA, Glicklich, D, Quinn, T, Soberman, R & Veith, FJ 1986, 'Renal transplantation in patients with a history of heroin abuse', Transplantation, vol. 42, no. 5, pp. 556-557.
Gordon MJV, White R, Matas AJ, Tellis VA, Glicklich D, Quinn T et al. Renal transplantation in patients with a history of heroin abuse. Transplantation. 1986;42(5):556-557.
Gordon, M. J V ; White, R. ; Matas, A. J. ; Tellis, V. A. ; Glicklich, D. ; Quinn, T. ; Soberman, R. ; Veith, F. J. / Renal transplantation in patients with a history of heroin abuse. In: Transplantation. 1986 ; Vol. 42, No. 5. pp. 556-557.
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