Safety and metabolic advantages of steroid withdrawal after 6 months posttransplant in de novo kidney transplantation: A 1-year prospective cohort study

Jun B. Bang, Chang Kwon Oh, Yu S. Kim, Sung H. Kim, Hee C. Yu, Chan Duck Kim, Man Ki Ju, Byung J. So, Sang Ho Lee, Sang Y. Han, Cheol W. Jung, Joong K. Kim, Hyung J. Ahn, Su H. Lee, Ja Y. Jeon

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Introduction: This prospective multicenter study aimed at investigating the safety and metabolic advantages of steroid withdrawal (SW) therapy in kidney transplant recipients with tacrolimus–mycophenolate mofetil-based immunosuppression. Methods: We analyzed 179 recipients who received kidney transplantation from March 2016 and September 2018. In 179 recipients, 114 patients maintained an immunosuppressive regimen including steroids (steroid continuation [SC] group). The remaining 65 patients were determined to withdraw steroid therapy after 6 months posttransplant (SW group). Metabolic parameters and graft functions of the two groups were evaluated. Results: The estimated glomerular filtration rates at 12 months posttransplant were 67.29 ± 20.29 ml/min/1.73 m2 in SC group and 73.72 ± 17.57 ml/min/1.73 m2 in SW group (p <.001). The acute rejection occurred to four recipients in the SC group (3.5%) and no acute rejection occurred to SW group recipients during the 6–2 months posttransplant period. Oral glucose tolerance tests revealed that recipients in the SW group were more improved in glucose metabolism than the SC group during 6–12 months posttransplant. In addition, cholesterol levels and blood pressure decreased after the withdrawal of steroids in the SW group. Conclusion: In conclusion, a 6-month withdrawal of steroids in recipients with low immunological risk and stable graft function can be safely conducted and result in improvement of metabolic profiles. Stable recipients without biopsy-proven acute rejection and proteinuria can safely withdraw from steroids out of a maintenance immunosuppressive regimen 6-months posttransplant. A long-term follow-up study is needed to verify our results.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere576
JournalImmunity, inflammation and disease
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Mar

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by a research grant provided by Chong K. Dang (Seoul, South Korea) and a research grant provided by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea Government (MSIT) (NRF‐2020M3A9E8024904 and NRF‐2020R1I1A1A01075337).

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© 2021 The Authors. Immunity, Inflammation and Disease published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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