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Journal of Transplantation
Volume 2018, Article ID 8926786, 5 pages
Research Article

Preoperative Low-Density Lipoprotein Apheresis for Preventing Recurrence of Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis after Kidney Transplantation

1Department of Surgery, Kidney Center, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
2Department of Medicine, Kidney Center, Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Tokyo, Japan

Correspondence should be addressed to Akihito Sannomiya; pj.en.ten-os.3br@nas

Received 15 December 2017; Revised 9 February 2018; Accepted 1 March 2018; Published 2 April 2018

Academic Editor: Gian Luigi Adani

Copyright © 2018 Akihito Sannomiya 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.


Background. Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) often develops rapidly and frequently progresses to renal failure, while the recurrence rate after kidney transplantation is 20–50%. We performed low-density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis before kidney transplantation in FSGS patients to prevent recurrence. Methods. Five adult patients with chronic renal failure due to FSGS undergoing living related donor kidney transplantation were investigated retrospectively. LDL apheresis was done 1-2 times before transplantation. Postoperative renal function and recurrence of FSGS were assessed. Results. The patients were two men and three women aged 24 to 41 years. The observation period ranged from 60 days to 22 months. Preoperative LDL apheresis was performed once in one patient and twice in four patients. Blood LDL cholesterol levels were normal before LDL apheresis and remained normal both after LDL apheresis and after kidney transplantation. Additional LDL apheresis was performed once in one patient with mild proteinuria after transplantation. The renal graft survived in all patients and there was no evidence of recurrent FSGS. Conclusions. Although the observation period was short, FSGS did not recur in all 5 patients receiving preoperative LDL apheresis. These results suggest that LDL apheresis can be effective in preventing recurrence of FSGS after kidney transplantation.