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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina (México)

On-line version ISSN 2448-4865Print version ISSN 0026-1742


ROSAS TELLEZ, César Alejandro; DOSTA HERRERA, Juan José; LOZADA ROSETE, Karla Guadalupe  and  GOMEZ LEANDRO, Isis. Heart and kidney transplant on a 24-year-old man. Rev. Fac. Med. (Méx.) [online]. 2015, vol.58, n.5, pp.13-22. ISSN 2448-4865.


The potential heart transplant patients are, in many cases, carriers of moderate or severe renal failure that worsens during a heart transplant; this event might ruin the beneficial results generally obtained with heart transplantation.


To communicate that heart and kidney transplants are being performed in the Medical Unit of High Specialty (UMAE), General Hospital “Dr. Gaudencio González Garza” National Medical Center (NMC), “La Raza”.

Case report:

A twenty-four-year-old male patient with chronic Idiopathic renal failure (CRF) with an evolution of 5 years, treated with peritoneal dialysis began a study protocol for renal transplantation during which heart failure secondary to dilated cardiomyopathy was diagnosed by catheterization and transthoracic echocardiography (ECCOT). Therefore, it was decided to perform a heart transplant and a subsequent same donor renal transplant.


The refractory heart failure has been long regarded as a contraindication for kidney transplantation and vice versa. Advances in organ preservation, anesthetic and surgical techniques, immunosuppressive treatment and postoperative care have facilitated transplants for patients needing a second organ.


This is a case report from a 24 year old man with Chronic Renal Failure and dilated cardiomyopathy who underwent a heart transplant and 18 hours later Renal Transplantation with immunosuppressive therapy; the procedures were performed in the UMAE, Hospital General CMN “La Raza” in May 2011, both grafts were properly functioning and no episodes of acute rejection have been reported; the patient’s life quality greatly improved. The solid organ transplantation is the current treatment modality of choice for most patients with terminal heart disease and kidney.

Keywords : Heart transplant; kidney transplant; heart and renal failure.

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