J Korean Soc Transplant.  2011 Mar;25(1):38-42. 10.4285/jkstn.2011.25.1.38.

Case of ABO-Incompatible Living Donor Kidney Transplantation without Blood Products in a Jehovah's Witness

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Bong Seng Memorial Hospital, Busan, Korea. syhpmj@hanmail.net


ABO-incompatible kidney transplantations have been performed successfully in Korea without splenectomy using plasmapheresis, anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody infusions and other immunosuppressants. However, there is no report of a case of ABO-incompatible kidney transplantation in a Jehovah's Witness. Hence, we report our experience of successful ABO-incompatible kidney transplantation without blood products in a Jehovah's Witness. The recipient was treated with six sessions of plasmapheresis and he received intravenous rituximab before transplantation. Immunosuppressive regimen consisted of tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil and steroid. The replacement fluid for plasmapheresis was 5%% albumin solution instead of fresh frozen plasma. We measured the clotting factors before and after plasmapheresis and used cryoprecipitate to prevent bleeding.


ABO-incompatible kidney transplantation; Clotting factors; Jehovah's Witness

MeSH Terms

Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived
Immunosuppressive Agents
Kidney Transplantation
Living Donors
Mycophenolic Acid
Wit and Humor as Topic
Antibodies, Monoclonal, Murine-Derived
Immunosuppressive Agents
Mycophenolic Acid


  • Fig. 1. Clinical Course: fibrinogen progress on plasmapheresis during pretransplantation period. Abbreviation: PP, pretransplantation plasmapheresis.

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