Immunosuppressive Drug Levels in Liver Transplant Recipients: Impact in Decision Making

Themistoklis Kourkoumpetis, Josh Levitsky*

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Abstract

To prevent rejection, liver transplant providers largely base their management decisions on their clinical impression and pharmacokinetics. Clinical impression relies on assessing graft function, liver enzymes, and biopsy. High immunosuppressive drug levels, although minimizing rejection, are related to significant side effects such as nephrotoxicity and metabolic syndrome, contributing to long-term morbidity and mortality. Similarly, levels that are lower than necessary can decrease the rate of side effects with a potential toll on rejection and graft survival. Herein, the authors present an update on immunosuppressive drug level monitoring and manipulation strategies according to different scenarios and time from transplant. They also provide a brief overview of next level immunosuppression monitoring strategies that aim to properly balance rejection rates with drug side effect profiles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-421
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars in Liver Disease
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • drug level monitoring
  • immune monitoring
  • immunosuppression
  • liver transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology

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