February 12, 2010

Improved growth and cardiovascular risk after late steroid withdrawal: 2-year results of a prospective, randomized trial in paediatric renal transplantation


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Along with usual side effects of steroids is the impact on growth in pediatric patients. In this RCT, renal transplant recipients at least one year post-transplant were randomized to steroid continuation or withdrawal. Longitudinal growth was greater in the steroid withdrawal group. There were also improvements in blood pressure and HbA1c, with no graft losses or
deaths in either group.

Renal Transplantation