Outcome of chickenpox in 66 pediatric renal transplant recipients

Clifford Kashtan, M. Cook, Blanche M Chavers, Michael Mauer, Thomas E Nevins

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Although chickenpox can cause severe morbidity and mortality in pediatric renal transplant recipients, published reports describing treatment of these patients are few, especially in the cyclosporine era. Sixty-nine episodes of chickenpox occurring in 66 patients were diagnosed in our transplant population between January 1984 and May 1996. Immunosuppression consisted of prednisone and azathioprine (30 cases); prednisone, azathioprine, and cyclosporine (38 cases); or prednisone alone (1 case). Azathioprine was temporarily discontinued in 66 of 68 cases. Cyclosporine was continued at the preexisting dose in 36 of 38 cases. Acyclovir was administered parenterally in 62 of 69 cases. Sixty-five of 66 patients survived. Cyclosporine use did not increase the incidence of severe disease (p > 0.1). Acute allograft rejection occurred in three patients and responded to prednisone. Chickenpox in children with renal transplants can be successfully treated with intravenous acyclovir and temporary withdrawal of azathioprine. Allograft rejection is uncommon with this approach. Patients receiving cyclosporine do not appear to experience increased morbidity or mortality with chickenpox.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)874-877
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1997


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