Immunosuppressive therapy. Definition

Medical Definition: immunosuppressive therapy

Treatment that aims to reduce or eliminate the ability of an immune response and is used in autoimmune diseases like lupus erythematosus and transplantation of organs (kidney, heart, liver, pancreas, lung, etc.).. In clinical transplantation, unless the donor and recipient are genetically identical, the rule is that there is a response of immune rejection by the recipient, and to avoid, or drugs used immunosuppressive agents (irradiation, corticosteroids, azathioprine, cyclosporine, mycophenolate mofetil, tacrolimus, rapamycin, antilymphocyte polyclonal or monoclonal antibodies, etc.). However, immunosuppression is nonspecific, and although facilitate graft tolerance, are also associated with frequent occurrence of infectious diseases or tumors over time.

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