Stopping Immunosuppressant Therapy Following Successful Renal Transplantation

Two-Year Follow-Up
  • Stephen Armstrong
  • Keith Johnson
  • Jeanne Hopkins


Most transplant physicians assume that immunosuppression must be carried out indefinitely for all renal transplant recipients, except for patients who receive transplant from an identical twin. When transplant recipients stop immunosuppression voluntarily, which happens relatively infrequently,1 their behavior certainly threatens both the renal graft and their life.2,3 The irrationality of voluntary cessation of immunosuppression calls for some explanation.


Kidney Transplant Renal Transplant Recipient Acute Rejection Episode Research Diagnostic Criterion Transplant Physician 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen Armstrong
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Keith Johnson
    • 4
    • 5
  • Jeanne Hopkins
    • 6
  1. 1.Tufts University School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA
  2. 2.University of Massachusetts School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA
  3. 3.University of Massachusetts School of Public HealthSpringfieldUSA
  4. 4.Division of NephrologyVanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA
  5. 5.Nashville Transplant ProgramNashvilleUSA
  6. 6.Nashville Transplant ServiceVanderbilt HospitalNashvilleUSA

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