Rates of first infection following kidney transplant in the United States

Jon J. Snyder, Ajay K. Israni, Yi Peng, Lin Zhang, Teresa A. Simon, Bertram L. Kasiske

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We studied the incidence, trends and clinical correlates of infections following kidney transplantation in the United States Renal Data System over the years 1995-2003 in 46,471 adults with Medicare primary coverage at the time of their first kidney transplant. The incidence of most infections has declined only slightly since 1995 but infection with cytomegalovirus significantly declined while that with hepatitis C significantly increased. Relative frequencies of different types of infections (bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic) were relatively constant, both during early and late periods following transplant. Using the Cox proportional hazards analysis we found that the clinical correlates for post-transplant bacterial and viral infections included older age, female gender, diabetes as the cause of end-stage renal disease, deceased (vs. living) donor source, time on dialysis before transplant, hepatitis B and C viral pre-transplant serologic status and pre-transplant donor-recipient cytomegalovirus serology. Our study shows that despite identifiable risk factors, the incidence of most post-transplant infections has changed little since 1995.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)317-326
Number of pages10
JournalKidney international
Issue number3
StatePublished - Feb 2009

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ. The contract provides for the non-industry investigators to have final determination of the paper content. The data reported here have been supplied by the United States Renal Data System (USRDS). The interpretation and reporting of these data are the responsibility of the authors and in no way should be seen as an official policy or interpretation of the US government. AKI is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Faculty Scholar. JJS, YP, BLK have no conflicts of interest. LZ and TS work for Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Graft survival
  • Infections
  • Kidney transplant


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