Rapid discontinuation of prednisone in higher-risk kidney transplant recipients

Transplantation. 2004 Nov 15;78(9):1397-9. doi: 10.1097/01.tp.0000136964.59494.ff.


Prednisone-minimization protocols have been successful in low-risk recipients. We report on the use of a protocol incorporating rapid discontinuation of prednisone in a cohort of kidney transplant recipients (n = 79) at increased immunologic risk. Our data suggests that such recipients should not be excluded from prednisone-minimization protocols.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Immunosuppression*
  • Kidney Transplantation* / immunology
  • Kidney Transplantation* / mortality
  • Prednisone / administration & dosage*
  • Risk
  • Survival Rate


  • Prednisone