We conclude that serum and urinary beta-2-microglobulin concentrations are useful in the diagnosis of acute and chronic renal transplant rejection. In acute transplant rejection, serum elevation in beta-2-microglobulins usually precede a rise in the serum creatinine. Increased urinary beta-2-microglobulin concentrations and elevated fractional excretion of beta-2-microglobulin occur in both acute and chronic transplant rejection. The finding of massive and sustained beta-2-microglobulinuria following acute rejection may herald recurrent clinical rejection episodes and eventual graft loss. Finally, serum and urine lysozyme levels appear to be less sensitive than the beta-2-microglobulins for diagnosing rejection and are often spuriously elevated in the presence of systemic or urinary tract infection.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Clinical Dialysis and Transplant Forum|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1979|
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