Diagnosis and treatment of cytomegalovirus disease in pediatric renal transplant recipients

Randall S. Burd, Kristen J. Gillingham, Mitchell S. Farber, Catherine L. Statz, Marie S. Kramer, John S. Najarian, David L. Dunn

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The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with the development of cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease and to assess the morbidity of this illness in pediatric renal transplant patients. The authors retrospectively reviewed the records of 135 patients (<18 years of age) who underwent a total of 151 transplants (146 kidney transplants, five kidney/liver transplants) over 5 years (average follow-up period, 33.0 ± 21.7 months). They assessed the risk factors that previously have been associated with the development of CMV disease in adults (age, occurrence of acute rejection episodes, and preoperative donor and recipient CMV serological status) and evaluated the incidence of associated graft loss and mortality. Twenty-two episodes of CMV disease were diagnosed based on evidence of CMV infection and on clinical symptoms; the episodes were treated in 17 patients. A multivariate analysis showed that the development of CMV disease was associated with age of ≥ 13 years (P = .02), concomitant liver transplantation (P = .01), and treatment of acute rejection (P = .04). In addition, patients who were CMV-seronegative preoperatively and received a graft from a CMV-seropositive donor (P = .04) or who were CMV-seropositive preoperatively and received a graft from a CMV-seronegative donor (P = .02) were more likely to have CMV disease. Although all patients with CMV disease required hospitalization and were treated with intravenous ganciclovir, CMV disease was not associated with increased allograft loss or mortality. The authors conclude that age, concomitant liver transplantation, the need for antirejection therapy, and pretransplant donor and recipient serological status may serve to identify the pediatric transplant patients who have a higher risk for the development of CMV disease and who may benefit from prophylactic antiviral agent administration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1049-1054
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1994

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From the Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Presented at the 1993 Annual Meeting of the Section on Surgev of theA metican Academy of Pediatrics, Washington, DC, October 29-31, 1993. Supported by National Institutes of Health Program Project Grant DK 13083, entitled “Studies of Organ Transplantation in Animals and Man. ” Address reprint requests to David L. Dunn, MD, PhD, Box 242 UMHC, University of Minnesota, 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Copyright o 1994 by W.B. Saunders Company 0022-3468/9412908-003.00l0


  • Cytomegalovirus
  • renal transplantation


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