Figure 818

Serologic testing and antigen assignment. Most of the published transplantation outcome data is based on serologic testing and assignment of antigens. These data include algorithm matching based on "broad" human leukocyte antigen (HLA) specificities such as HLA-DR6 that includes HLA-DR13 and HLA-DR14 and their many alleles. The question has now become one of what level of HLA testing is useful clinically for matching purposes in renal transplantation. Although this issue has not been resolved, recent data published from the European Registry upholds the positive effect that "correct" HLA matching has had on renal graft outcome.

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