In a recent study presented at the Canadian Rheumatology Association annual meeting, researchers examined renal transplant outcomes in 25 patients with lupus nephritis who had no clinical evidence of disease in the year prior to transplantation.

The graft survived in 19 patients. In eight patients, the graft survived for at least five years (mean graft survival was 5.7 years). Twenty-five percent of the patients who experienced graft failure had positive lupus serology compared with 47% of those with graft survival one year before transplant surgery.

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