The effect of high-dose nifedipine on renal hemodynamics of cyclosporine-treated renal allograft recipients

Chagnac, A.; Zevin, D.; Ori, Y.; Korzets, A.; Hirsh, J.; Levi, J.

Transplantation 53(4): 766-769


ISSN/ISBN: 0041-1337
PMID: 1566341
DOI: 10.1097/00007890-199204000-00012
Accession: 041624426

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Cyclosporine has been shown to reduce renal perfusion and to decrease glomerular filtration rate. Experimental studies suggest that nifedipine might reverse this renal vasoconstrictive effect of cyclosporine. We studied renal hemodynamics of 5 cyclosporine-treated renal transplant recipients before and after 2 weeks of therapy with high-dose nifedipine (up to 120 mg/day). Pretreatment GFR and renal plasma flow (RPF) were decreased. Following administration of nifedipine, RPF increased by 18% (P less than 0.01), while GFR did not change. Filtration fraction decreased by 10.5% (P less than 0.01). Mean arterial pressure declined from 111 +/- 5 to 96 +/- 3 mmHg (P less than 0.01). Renal vascular resistance dropped by 25% (P less than 0.01). Calculated postglomerular plasma flow increased by 20.5% (P less than 0.01). Urinary albumin excretion rate was unaffected. Cyclosporine whole blood levels were unchanged. The increase in RPF and in postglomerular plasma flow suggests that high-dose nifedipine might lessen cyclosporine-induced glomerular and interstitial ischemia in renal allograft recipients.