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Journal of Transplantation
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 8720283, 6 pages
Clinical Study

Retrospective Study Looking at Cinacalcet in the Management of Hyperparathyroidism after Kidney Transplantation

Division of Nephrology, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital and the Department of Medicine, University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Correspondence should be addressed to Michel Vallée

Received 10 November 2016; Accepted 26 February 2017; Published 13 March 2017

Academic Editor: Simon C. Robson

Copyright © 2017 Habib Mawad et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the use of cinacalcet in the management of hyperparathyroidism in kidney transplant recipients. The secondary objective is to identify baseline factors that predict cinacalcet use after transplantation. Methods. In this single-center retrospective study, we conducted a chart review of all patients having been transplanted from 2003 to 2012 and having received cinacalcet up to kidney transplantation and/or thereafter. Results. Twenty-seven patients were included with a mean follow-up of years. Twenty-one were already taking cinacalcet at the time of transplantation. Cinacalcet was stopped within the first month in 12 of these patients of which 7 had to restart therapy. The main reason for restarting cinacalcet was hypercalcemia. Length of treatment was months. There were only 3 cases of mild hypocalcemia. There was no statistically significant association between baseline factors and cinacalcet status a year later. Conclusions. Discontinuing cinacalcet within the first month of kidney transplantation often leads to hypercalcemia. Cinacalcet appears to be an effective treatment of hypercalcemic hyperparathyroidism in kidney transplant recipients. Further studies are needed to evaluate safety and long-term benefits.