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    Kristin Mekeel

    TitleProfessor Of Clinical
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentSurgery
    Address9300 Campus Point Drive #7745
    CA La Jolla 92037
    Phone858-657-6487
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      Dr. Kristin Mekeel specializes in pediatric and adult liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation surgery. Currently she is the Surgical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation program at UCSD and the Director of the Kidney and Liver Transplant programs at Rady Children’s Hospital. With over 500 kidney transplant surgeries and nearly 100 pancreas surgeries under her belt, Dr. Mekeel’s main focus is kidney and pancreas transplantation in adults and kidney transplantation in children, including re-transplantation and transplantation in surgically challenging and complex patients. She also specializes in adult and pediatric liver transplantation.

      As a surgeon in an academic medical center, Dr. Mekeel is also heavily involved in teaching medical students and surgical residents in both bedside and didactic sessions. Her focus on education extends outside of the classroom to the School of Medicine, where she sits on several committees. Dr. Mekeel is involved with organ transplantation nationally by serving on the United Network of Organ Sharing Operations and Safety Committee and locally as a member of the board of the John Brockington Foundation. Dr. Mekeel also does research in the outcomes of organ transplantation, focusing on kidney and pancreas transplantation, kidney donation, and transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery.

      Dr. Mekeel grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and earned her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of Colorado and is Board certified in General Surgery. She completed her fellowship in organ transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Hemming. She is also certified in abdominal organ transplantation.

      Dr. Mekeel has co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed papers on liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation as well as complex hepatobiliary surgery. She is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Hepatopancreatobiliary Association, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the Association for Academic Surgery.

      Conditions
      Chronic Kidney Disease
      Chronic Liver Disease
      Type I Diabetes Mellitus
      Liver Cancer

      Treatments
      Kidney Transplantation Pancreas Transplantation
      Liver Transplantation
      General Surgery
      Gastrointestinal Surgery


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      1. Hobeika MJ, Miller CM, Pruett TL, Gifford KA, Locke JE, Cameron AM, Englesbe MJ, Kuhr CS, Magliocca JF, McCune KR, Mekeel K, Pelletier SJ, Singer AL, Segev DL. PROviding Better ACcess To ORgans: A comprehensive overview of organ-access initiatives from the ASTS PROACTOR Task Force. Am J Transplant. 2017 Jul 25. PMID: 28742951.
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      2. Caussy C, Soni M, Cui J, Bettencourt R, Schork N, Chen CH, Ikhwan MA, Bassirian S, Cepin S, Gonzalez MP, Mendler M, Kono Y, Vodkin I, Mekeel K, Haldorson J, Hemming A, Andrews B, Salotti J, Richards L, Brenner DA, Sirlin CB, Loomba R. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease with cirrhosis increases familial risk for advanced fibrosis. J Clin Invest. 2017 Jun 30; 127(7):2697-2704. PMID: 28628033.
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      3. Berumen J, Misel M, Vodkin I, Halldorson JB, Mekeel K, Hemming A. The effects of Share 35 on the cost of liver transplantation. Clin Transplant. 2017 May; 31(5). PMID: 28235131.
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      4. Berumen J, McCarty P, Mo J, Newton K, Fairbanks T, Mekeel K, Hemming A. Combined liver transplant and pancreaticoduodenectomy for inflammatory hilar myofibroblastic tumor: Case report and review of the literature. Pediatr Transplant. 2017 Mar; 21(2). PMID: 28000317.
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      5. Hemming AW, Berumen J, Mekeel K. Hepatitis B and Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Clin Liver Dis. 2016 Nov; 20(4):703-720. PMID: 27742009.
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      6. Weiss A, Tapia V, Parina R, Berumen J, Hemming A, Mekeel K. Living Donor Hepatectomy: Is it Safe? Am Surg. 2015 Oct; 81(10):1101-6. PMID: 26463316.
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      7. Anderson JE, Steiner RW, Mekeel K, Chang DC, Hemming AW, Halldorson JB. ECD kidney transplantation outcomes are improved when matching donors to recipients using a novel creatinine clearance match ratio (CCMR). Clin Transplant. 2015 Sep; 29(9):738-46. PMID: 25918902.
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      8. Halldorson J, Kazi Z, Mekeel K, Kuo A, Hassanein T, Loomba R, Austin S, Valasek MA, Kishnani P, Hemming AW. Successful combined liver/kidney transplantation from a donor with Pompe disease. Mol Genet Metab. 2015 Aug; 115(4):141-4. PMID: 26031770.
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      9. Mekeel K, Halldorson JB, Berumen JA, Hemming AW. Kidney clamp, perfuse, re-implant: a useful technique for graft salvage after vascular complications during kidney transplantation. Clin Transplant. 2015 Apr; 29(4):373-8. PMID: 25646924.
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      10. Anderson JE, Hemming AW, Chang DC, Talamini MA, Mekeel K. Are hepatocellular carcinoma patients more likely to receive liver resection in regions with longer transplant wait times? Transplant Proc. 2014 Jan-Feb; 46(1):199-201. PMID: 24507051.
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      11. Franko KR, Mekeel K, Woelkers D, Khanna A, Hemming AW. Accidental acetaminophen overdose results in liver transplant during second trimester of pregnancy: a case report. Transplant Proc. 2013 Jun; 45(5):2063-5. PMID: 23769109.
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      12. Hemming AW, Mekeel K, Zendejas I, Kim RD, Sicklick JK, Reed AI. Resection of the liver and inferior vena cava for hepatic malignancy. J Am Coll Surg. 2013 Jul; 217(1):115-24; discussion 124-5. PMID: 23376028.
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      13. Hsieh TH, Mekeel K, Crowell MD, Nguyen CC, Das A, Aqel BA, Carey EJ, Byrne TJ, Vargas HE, Douglas DD, Mulligan DC, Harrison ME. Endoscopic treatment of anastomotic biliary strictures after living donor liver transplantation: outcomes after maximal stent therapy. Gastrointest Endosc. 2013 Jan; 77(1):47-54. PMID: 23062758.
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      14. Martin AD, Mekeel K, Castle EP, Vaish SS, Martin GL, Moss AA, Mulligan DC, Heilman RL, Reddy KS, Andrews PE. Laparoscopic bilateral native nephrectomies with simultaneous kidney transplantation. BJU Int. 2012 Dec; 110(11 Pt C):E1003-7. PMID: 22882539.
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      15. Anderson JE, Hemming AW, Chang DC, Talamini MA, Mekeel K. Surgical management trends for cholangiocarcinoma in the USA 1998-2009. J Gastrointest Surg. 2012 Dec; 16(12):2225-32. PMID: 22847574.
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      16. Mekeel K, Moss AA, Reddy KS, Mulligan DC, Harold KL. Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy: does splenic preservation affect outcomes? Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2011 Oct; 21(5):362-5. PMID: 22002275.
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      17. Mekeel K, Moss AA, Mulligan DC, Reddy KS. A technique for kidney retransplantation after simultaneous kidney pancreas transplantation. Transplant Proc. 2011 Jun; 43(5):1627-8. PMID: 21693246.
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      18. Hemming AW, Mekeel K, Khanna A, Baquerizo A, Kim RD. Portal vein resection in management of hilar cholangiocarcinoma. J Am Coll Surg. 2011 Apr; 212(4):604-13; discussion 613-6. PMID: 21463797.
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      19. Mekeel K, Moss AA, Mulligan DC, Reddy KS. Open sphincteroplasty for benign ampullary stricture after pancreas transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2011 Feb; 11(2):399-402. PMID: 21214856.
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      20. Tyson MD, Castle EP, Ko EY, Andrews PE, Heilman RL, Mekeel K, Moss AA, Mulligan DC, Reddy KS. Living donor kidney transplantation with multiple renal arteries in the laparoscopic era. Urology. 2011 May; 77(5):1116-21. PMID: 21145095.
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      21. Carey EJ, Steidley DE, Aqel BA, Byrne TJ, Mekeel K, Rakela J, Vargas HE, Douglas DD. Six-minute walk distance predicts mortality in liver transplant candidates. Liver Transpl. 2010 Dec; 16(12):1373-8. PMID: 21117246.
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      22. Chakkera HA, Bodner JK, Heilman RL, Mulligan DC, Moss AA, Mekeel K, Mazur MJ, Hamawi K, Ray RM, Beck GL, Reddy KS. Outcomes after simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation and the discriminative ability of the C-peptide measurement pretransplant among type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Transplant Proc. 2010 Sep; 42(7):2650-2. PMID: 20832562; PMCID: PMC3060052.
      23. Werner T, Aqel B, Balan V, Byrne T, Carey E, Douglas D, Heilman RL, Rakela J, Mekeel K, Reddy K, Vargas HE. Treatment of hepatitis C in renal transplantation candidates: a single-center experience. Transplantation. 2010 Aug 27; 90(4):407-11. PMID: 20571469.
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      24. Tyson M, Castle E, Andrews P, Heilman R, Mekeel K, Moss A, Mulligan D, Reddy K. Early graft function after laparoscopically procured living donor kidney transplantation. J Urol. 2010 Oct; 184(4):1434-9. PMID: 20727548.
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      25. Reddy KS, Devarapalli Y, Mazur M, Hamawi K, Chakkera H, Moss A, Mekeel K, Post D, Heilman R, Mulligan D. Alemtuzumab with rapid steroid taper in simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplantation: comparison to induction with antithymocyte globulin. Transplant Proc. 2010 Jul-Aug; 42(6):2006-8. PMID: 20692393.
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      26. Chakkera HA, Knowler WC, Devarapalli Y, Weil EJ, Heilman RL, Dueck A, Mulligan DC, Reddy KS, Moss AA, Mekeel K, Mazur MJ, Hamawi K, Castro JC, Cook CB. Relationship between inpatient hyperglycemia and insulin treatment after kidney transplantation and future new onset diabetes mellitus. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2010 Sep; 5(9):1669-75. PMID: 20558559; PMCID: PMC2974410.
      27. Decker GA, Batheja MJ, Collins JM, Silva AC, Mekeel K, Moss AA, Nguyen CC, Lake DF, Miller LJ. Risk factors for pancreatic adenocarcinoma and prospects for screening. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2010 Apr; 6(4):246-54. PMID: 20567579; PMCID: PMC2886484.
      28. Mekeel K, Daley SM, Andrews PE, Moss AA, Heilman RL, Mazur MJ, Chakkera HA, Hamawi K, Mulligan DC, Sudhakar Reddy K. Successful transplantation of a split crossed fused ectopic kidney into a patient with end-stage renal disease. J Transplant. 2010; 2010:383972. PMID: 20368777; PMCID: PMC2846343.
      29. Heilman RL, Devarapalli Y, Chakkera HA, Mekeel K, Moss AA, Mulligan DC, Mazur MJ, Hamawi K, Williams JW, Reddy KS. Impact of subclinical inflammation on the development of interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy in kidney transplant recipients. Am J Transplant. 2010 Mar; 10(3):563-70. PMID: 20121731.
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      30. Chakkera HA, Hanson RL, Raza SM, DiStefano JK, Millis MP, Heilman RL, Mulligan DC, Reddy KS, Mazur MJ, Hamawi K, Moss AA, Mekeel K, Cerhan JR. Pilot study: association of traditional and genetic risk factors and new-onset diabetes mellitus following kidney transplantation. Transplant Proc. 2009 Dec; 41(10):4172-7. PMID: 20005362; PMCID: PMC3478878.
      31. Mekeel K, Moss AA, Mulligan DC, Chakkera HA, Hamawi K, Mazur MJ, Heilman RL, Reddy KS. Deceased donor kidney transplantation from donors with acute renal failure due to rhabdomyolysis. Am J Transplant. 2009 Jul; 9(7):1666-70. PMID: 19459799.
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      32. Mekeel K, Moss A, Reddy KS, Douglas D, Mulligan D. Sclerosing peritonitis and mortality after liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2009 Apr; 15(4):435-9. PMID: 19326414.
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      33. Chakkera HA, Weil EJ, Castro J, Heilman RL, Reddy KS, Mazur MJ, Hamawi K, Mulligan DC, Moss AA, Mekeel K, Cosio FG, Cook CB. Hyperglycemia during the immediate period after kidney transplantation. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2009 Apr; 4(4):853-9. PMID: 19339426; PMCID: PMC2666437.
      34. Li F, Mekeel K, Eleid M, Eleid M, Harrison ME, Reddy KS, Moss AA, Mulligan DC. Hemobilia and pancreatitis after liver transplant biopsy. Liver Transpl. 2009 Mar; 15(3):350-1. PMID: 19243004.
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      35. Harold K, Mekeel K, Spitler J, Frisella M, Merritt M, Tessier D, Matthews B. Outcomes analysis of laparoscopic ventral hernia repair in transplant patients. Surg Endosc. 2009 Aug; 23(8):1835-8. PMID: 19118430.
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      36. Hastings D, Patel B, Torloni AS, Mookadam F, Betcher J, Moss A, Heilman R, Mazur M, Hamawi K, Mulligan D, Reddy K, Mekeel K, Chakkera H. Plasmapheresis therapy for rare but potentially fatal reaction to rituximab. J Clin Apher. 2009; 24(1):28-31. PMID: 19156754.
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      37. Heilman RL, Chakkera H, Mazur M, Petrides S, Moss A, Mekeel K, Mulligan D, Reddy KS. Outcomes of simultaneous kidney-pancreas transplantation with positive cross-match. Transplant Proc. 2009 Jan-Feb; 41(1):303-6. PMID: 19249540.
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      38. Hamawi K, Heilman RL, Mazur MJ, Chakkera HA, Mulligan DC, Moss AA, Mekeel K, Reddy KS. Use of bortezomib for treatment of antibody medicated rejection in kidney transplant recipients--case report. Clin Transpl. 2009; 407-14. PMID: 20524306.
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      39. Mekeel K, Moss AA, Reddy KS, Mulligan DC, Harold KL. Laparoscopic fenestration of giant hepatic cysts. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. 2008 Oct; 18(5):511-3. PMID: 18936679.
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      40. Ko EY, Castle EP, Desai PJ, Moss AA, Reddy KS, Mekeel K, Mulligan DC, Andrews PE. Utility of the endovascular stapler for right-sided laparoscopic donor nephrectomy: a 7-year experience at Mayo Clinic. J Am Coll Surg. 2008 Dec; 207(6):896-903. PMID: 19183537.
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      41. Laxa BU, Carbonell AM, Cobb WS, Rosen MJ, Hardacre JM, Mekeel K, Harold KL. Laparoscopic and hand-assisted distal pancreatectomy. Am Surg. 2008 Jun; 74(6):481-6; discussion 486-7. PMID: 18556989.
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      42. Mekeel K, Moss AA, Reddy KS, Douglas DD, Vargas HE, Carey EJ, Byrne TJ, Harrison ME, Rakela J, Mulligan DC. Living donor liver transplantation in polycystic liver disease. Liver Transpl. 2008 May; 14(5):680-3. PMID: 18433036.
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      43. Mekeel K, Hemming AW. Combined resection of the liver and the inferior vena cava for hydatid disease. J Gastrointest Surg. 2007 Dec; 11(12):1741-3. PMID: 17874275.
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      44. Mekeel K, Mulligan D, Reddy KS, Moss A, Harold K. Laparoscopic incisional hernia repair after liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2007 Nov; 13(11):1576-81. PMID: 17969189.
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      45. Mekeel K, Hemming AW. Surgical management of gallbladder carcinoma: a review. J Gastrointest Surg. 2007 Sep; 11(9):1188-93. PMID: 17712596.
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      46. Kim RD, Reed AI, Fujita S, Foley DP, Mekeel K, Hemming AW. Consensus and controversy in the management of hepatocellular carcinoma. J Am Coll Surg. 2007 Jul; 205(1):108-23. PMID: 17617340.
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      47. Mekeel K, Mazur MJ, Reddy KS, Mulligan DC, Heilman RL, Chakkera HA, Andrews PE, Moss AA. Diffuse parenchymal urine leak after kidney transplantation following degloving injury during donor nephrectomy. Am J Transplant. 2007 Aug; 7(8):2039-41. PMID: 17578504.
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      48. Mekeel K, Langham MR, Gonzalez-Peralta R, Fujita S, Hemming AW. Liver transplantation in children with sickle-cell disease. Liver Transpl. 2007 Apr; 13(4):505-8. PMID: 17394147.
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      49. Mekeel K, Langham MR, Gonzalez-Perralta R, Reed A, Hemming AW. Combined en bloc liver pancreas transplantation for children with CF. Liver Transpl. 2007 Mar; 13(3):406-9. PMID: 17318857.
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      50. Mekeel K, Langham MR, Gonzalez-Peralta RP, Hemming AW. Liver transplantation in very small infants. Pediatr Transplant. 2007 Feb; 11(1):66-72. PMID: 17239125.
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      51. Fujikawa T, Fujita S, Mekeel K, Reed AI, Foley DP, Kim RD, Howard RJ, Hemming AW. Effect of early recurrence of hepatitis C on late biliary anastomotic stricture after liver transplantation. Transplant Proc. 2006 Dec; 38(10):3661-2. PMID: 17175360.
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      52. Fujita S, Fujikawa T, Mekeel K, Foley DP, Kim RD, Howard RJ, Ree AI, Hemmin AW, Flynn TC, Lee A, Caridi JG. Successful endovascular treatment of a leaking pseudoaneurysm without graft loss after simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplantation. Transplantation. 2006 Sep 15; 82(5):717-8. PMID: 16969300.
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      53. Hemming AW, Kim RD, Mekeel K, Fujita S, Reed AI, Foley DP, Howard RJ. Portal vein resection for hilar cholangiocarcinoma. Am Surg. 2006 Jul; 72(7):599-604; discussion 604-5. PMID: 16875081.
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      54. Langham MR, Mekeel K. Hepatobiliary disorders. Surg Clin North Am. 2006 Apr; 86(2):455-67, x-xi. PMID: 16580934.
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      55. Fujita S, Mekeel K, Fujikawa T, Kim RD, Foley DP, Hemming AW, Howard RJ, Reed AI, Dixon LR. Liver-occupying focal nodular hyperplasia and adenomatosis associated with intrahepatic portal vein agenesis requiring orthotopic liver transplantation. Transplantation. 2006 Feb 15; 81(3):490-2. PMID: 16477243.
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      56. Fujita S, Fujikawa T, Mekeel K, Gonzalez R, Langham MR, Foley DP, Hemming AW, Howard RJ, Reed AI. Localized intraocular posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder after pediatric liver transplantation. Transplantation. 2006 Feb 15; 81(3):493-5. PMID: 16477246.
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      57. Mekeel K, Lee WA, Reed AI, Hemming AW. Endovascular stent graft repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms after liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2005 Aug; 11(8):993-7. PMID: 16035087.
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      58. Mekeel K, Hemming AW, Reed AI, Matsumoto T, Fujita S, Schain DC, Nelson DR, Dixon LR, Fujikawa T. Hepatic mucormycosis in a renal transplant recipient. Transplantation. 2005 Jun 15; 79(11):1636. PMID: 15940058.
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