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Pediatric Transplantation

Sharat Varma, Xavier Stéphenne, Mina Komuta, Caroline Bouzin, Jerome Ambroise, Françoise Smets, Raymond Reding, Etienne M Sokal
Activated hepatic stellate cells express cytoplasmic ASMA prior to secreting collagen and consequent liver fibrosis. We hypothesized that quantifying ASMA could predict severity of future fibrosis after LT. For this, 32 pairs of protocol biopsies, that is, "baseline" and "follow-up" biopsies taken at 1- to 2-year intervals from 18 stable pediatric LT recipients, transplanted between 2006 and 2012 were selected. Morphometric quantification of "ASMA-positive area percentage" was performed on the baseline biopsy...
October 23, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
M Y Tan, L N Tan, M M Aw, S H Quak, S V Karthik
HBoV is an emergent virus, which is frequently detected as a co-infective agent. However, it can cause disease on its own. It is associated with respiratory and diarrhoeal illness in children and adults, whether immunocompetent or immunocompromised. We report HBoV infection in a child post-liver transplantation, who presented with persistent fever and mild tachypnea, 3 weeks after a successful transplant. She recovered spontaneously with no graft dysfunction.
October 23, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Sandra Bouma, Mark Peterson, Erin Gatza, Sung Won Choi
Survivorship after pediatric HCT has increased over the past decade. Focus on long-term care and well-being remains critical due to risk of poor dietary habits and exaggerated sedentary behavior, which can lead to muscle weakness, increased risk for obesity, and cardiometabolic disorders. Nutrition and physical activity are key factors in survivorship; however, data are limited. Comprehensive nutritional assessments, including nutrition-focused physical examination, grip strength, and food/activity surveys, were completed in 36 pediatric HCT survivors (aged 2-25 years)...
October 21, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Thomas Gilliland, Sylvie Dufour, Gerald I Shulman, Kitt Falk Petersen, Sukru H Emre
NAFLD is a common condition linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Simple hepatic steatosis is a risk factor for inflammatory reactions in the liver (NASH), which may lead to cirrhosis. While the mechanism is unclear, NAFLD and NASH are associated with panhypopituitarism, which in the pediatric population often results from craniopharyngioma or pituitary adenoma and the sequelae of treatment, causing hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, and GH deficiency...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Lee M Bass, Stanley Kim, Riccardo Superina, Saeed Mohammad
Portal hypertension secondary to portal vein obstruction following liver transplant occurs in 5%-10% of children. Jejunal varices are uncommon in this group. We present a case series of children with significant GI blood loss, negative upper endoscopy, and jejunal varices detected by CE. Case series of patients who had CE for chronic GI blood loss following liver transplantation. Three patients who had their initial transplants at a median age of 7 months were identified at our institution presenting at a median age of 8 years (range 7-16 years) with a median Hgb of 2...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Jennifer A Minneman, James L Grijalva, Michael J LaQuaglia, Heung Bae Kim, Shawn J Rangel, Khashayar Vakili
We sought to examine the relationship between liver transplant-related total cost, patient outcome, and hospital resource utilization at freestanding children's hospitals. Using the PHIS database, a retrospective study of 374 patients that underwent liver transplantation at 15 freestanding children's hospitals from July 2010 to December 2012 was performed. One-year graft failure and patient mortality rates from July 2010 to December 2012 for each center were also obtained from the SRTR. There was a 5.1-fold difference in median cost (median $146 444, range $59 487-302 058, P<...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Tim Mitchell, Hannah Gooding, Cathy Mews, Leon Adams, Gerry MacQuillan, George Garas, Madhur Ravikumara, Ainslie Lopez, Megan Collins, Gary Jeffrey
Transition to adult care is a vulnerable period for pediatric transplant recipients and is associated with reduced medication compliance, graft loss, and increased mortality. Psychosocial outcomes in young adults differ between pediatric transplant recipients and their healthy peers. We conducted a single-center, retrospective cohort study of all pediatric liver transplant recipients who were transitioned through our center. This study aimed to assess the outcomes of transitioned pediatric liver transplant recipients at an Australian center, including mortality, adherence, and psychosocial morbidity...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Allison Ducharme-Smith, Ben Z Katz, Amy E Bobrowski, Carl L Backer, Elfriede Pahl
BKV infection and nephropathy complicate pediatric HTx, but the incidence and time course of the disease are unknown. We assessed the incidence of BKV infection and its association with kidney dysfunction in pediatric HTx recipients. A single center prospective study compared pediatric (<18 years) HTx recipients, with and without BKV infection, who received an allograft between September 2013 and December 2014. Screening of urine for BKV was performed prior to transplant, and at week 1, and at months 3, 6, 9, 12, and 15 months post-transplantation...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
G Varela-Fascinetto, C Benchimol, R Reyes-Acevedo, M Genevray, D Bradley, J Ives, H T Silva
This multicenter, open-label study evaluated the tolerability of extended prophylaxis with valganciclovir in pediatric kidney transplant recipients at risk of CMV disease. Fifty-six patients aged 4 months to 16 years received once-daily valganciclovir oral solution and/or tablets, dosed by BSA and renal function, for up to 200 days. The most common AEs on treatment were upper respiratory tract infection (33.9%), urinary tract infection (33.9%), diarrhea (32.1%), leukopenia (25.0%), neutropenia (23.2%), and headache (21...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Kenji Kishimoto, Ryoji Kobayashi, Daiki Hori, Hirozumi Sano, Daisuke Suzuki, Kazue Yasuda, Kunihiko Kobayashi
To determine whether pretransplant PSD affects the clinical outcomes in HSCT, a retrospective cohort analysis of 73 pediatric and adolescent patients who underwent HSCT was performed. Pretransplant PSD was defined as the presence of a fluid level or mucosal swelling or total opacity on sinus X-ray or CT examination performed before HSCT. Pretransplant PSD was observed in 21 (29%) patients. The probability of 2-year OS after HSCT was 42% in patients with pretransplant PSD (PSD group), and 64% in those without (non-PSD group) (P=...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Giorgia Grutter, Sara Alfieri, Giulio Calcagni, Maria Assunta Castelluzzo, Massimo Stefano Silvetti, Francesco Parisi, Fabrizio Drago
In OHT recipients, pathologic evaluation of the heart during acute rejection can show involvement of both the conduction system and the myocardium. We here describe the cases of a 9-year-old male with DCM and a 13-year-old female with RCM, who developed third-degree PAVB associated with acute rejection 36 months and 24 months after OHT, respectively. We conclude that PAVB could be considered an early sign of acute rejection after OHT in children who exhibit post-transplantation presyncope or syncope.
October 14, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Christopher McKee, Dmitry Tumin, Don Hayes, Joseph D Tobias
Adults, older children, and adolescent patients with a BMI categorized as overweight or obese have decreased survival after HTx. Anthropometric correlates of survival after HTx in infants have not been well defined. In a retrospective analysis of the UNOS registry, patients age 0-24 months were classified according to the WHO height-for-age and weight-for-age norms, as well as arbitrary BMI-for-age percentiles. Outcomes of 1-year survival, conditional long-term survival, and cause-specific mortality were examined...
October 13, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Giovanna Lucchini, Andre Manfred Willasch, Julia Daniel, Jan Soerensen, Andrea Jarisch, Shahrzad Bakhtiar, Eva Rettinger, Joerg Brandt, Thomas Klingebiel, Peter Bader
CLS involves sudden loss of intravascular fluids into the interstitial spaces. CLS was described as a possible complication after SCT. Few studies report the incidence of CLS in pediatric populations. We aimed to assess CLS incidence, its risk factors, and impact on the survival. The clinical charts of patients <18 years of age transplanted at our institution between 2002 and 2012 were reviewed. CLS was defined by weight gain >3% in 24 hours and positive intake balance despite furosemide administration...
October 13, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Allison F O'Neill, Douglas W Hanto, Howard M Katzenstein
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October 10, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Priya Verghese, Kristen Gillingham, Arthur Matas, Srinath Chinnakotla, Blanche Chavers
The association of blood transfusions with GS after pediatric KTx is unclear. We retrospectively analyzed blood transfusions post-KTx and subsequent outcomes. Between 1984 and 2013, 482 children (<18 years of age) underwent KTx at our center. Recipient demographics, outcomes and transfusion data were collected. Cox regression with post-KTx blood transfusion as a time-dependent covariate was performed to model the impact of blood transfusion on outcomes. Of the 208 (44%) that were transfused, 39% had transfusion <1 month post-KTx; 48% >12 months...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Bernadette M Cameron, Sean E Kennedy, William D Rawlinson, Fiona E Mackie
This study evaluated the efficacy of prophylactic ValGCV in preventing CMV and EBV infections in a single-center pediatric kidney transplant population (2008-2014). Therapy duration was determined according to donor/recipient serostatus. EBV monitoring was performed using monthly plasma PCR for 18 months post-transplant and for CMV, monthly for 6 months after prophylaxis cessation. Data were collected on 35 children, median age 10.6 years. There were 15 (42.9%) and 11 (31.4%) recipients seronegative for CMV or EBV, respectively, who received a kidney from a seropositive donor...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Cole N Crowson, Rhiannon D Reed, Brittany A Shelton, Paul A MacLennan, Jayme E Locke
The use of lymphocyte-depleting induction immunosuppression has been associated with a reduction in risk of AR after KT among adult recipients, particularly among high-risk subgroups such as AAs. However, data on induction regimen and AR risk are lacking among pediatric KT recipients. We examined outcomes among 7884 first-time pediatric KT recipients using SRTR data (2000-2014). Characteristics were compared across race using Wilcoxon rank-sum tests for continuous and chi-square tests for categorical variables...
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Martina Fanna, Amandine Baptiste, Carmen Capito, Rocio Ortego, Raffaella Pacifico, Fabrice Lesage, Florence Moulin, Dominique Debray, Samira Sissaoui, Muriel Girard, Florence Lacaille, Caroline Telion, Caroline Elie, Yves Aigrain, Christophe Chardot
This study analyzes the preoperative risk factors for intra-operative bleeding in our recent series of pediatric LTs. Between November 2009 and November 2014, 84 consecutive isolated pediatric LTs were performed in 81 children. Potential preoperative predictive factors for bleeding, amount of intra-operative transfusions, postoperative course, and outcome were recorded. Cutoff point for intra-operative HBL was defined as intra-operative RBC transfusions ≥1 TBV. Twenty-six patients (31%) had intra-operative HBL...
September 29, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Kazuyuki Ueno, Masaki Shimizu, Akio Uchiyama, Kiyoshi Hatasaki
We report the patient with MPC who developed fulminant respiratory failure that leads to death with no predisposing factors after successful renal transplantation. In addition to infectious diseases, MPC should be kept in mind when post-transplantation patients develop pulmonary symptoms. The majority of the patients with MPC are asymptomatic; however, some patients develop fulminant respiratory failure and may progress to death. MPC can develop or progress in patients with no predisposing factors after successful renal transplantation...
September 27, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Cyd K Eaton, Jennifer L Lee, Kristin A Loiselle, Bonney Reed-Knight, Laura L Mee, Ana M Gutierrez-Colina, Ronald L Blount
The goal of this study was to compare pretransplant patient HRQOL, parent psychological functioning, and the impact of the patient's ongoing illness on the family between organ types (ie, kidney, liver, heart) and age-groups (ie, children, AYAs). The sample included 80 pediatric patients with end-stage organ disease who were evaluated for transplantation and their parents. Parents completed self- and proxy reports at patients' pretransplant evaluations. Results indicated that patients evaluated for heart transplants consistently had lower HRQOL and their parents had greater psychological distress compared to the kidney and liver groups...
September 27, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
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