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pediatric renal transplant

Gina Cambareri, Christina Carpenter, Jeffrey Stock, Jane Lewis, Sarah Marietti
To describe a multicenter experience with management of ureteral obstruction after injection of Dx/HA for VUR in pediatric renal transplant patients. The records of all pediatric renal transplant patients who underwent Dx/HA injection for VUR and had subsequent obstruction were identified, and the management and outcomes were reviewed. Follow-up ranged from 1 to 10 years. There were four patients identified, all of whom had a history of rising creatinine, recurrent UTI, and increasing hydronephrosis which led to the diagnosis of high-grade VUR...
October 26, 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
Elaine Hillesheim, Valéria Laguna Salomão Ambrósio, Inalda Facincani
Introduction: Chronic kidney disease in children often determines poor nutritional status. Although renal transplantation (RTx) resolves endocrine and metabolic disorders, growth continues to be suboptimal and excessive weight gain may result in obesity. Objectives: Evaluating the development of height and body mass index in renal transplanted children and adolescents and identifying associated factors with final nutritional status. Methods: We reviewed the medical records of 17 patients with regular follow-ups up to 24 months after RTx...
July 2016: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
Anne Tsampalieros, Greg A Knoll, Amber O Molnar, Nicholas Fergusson, Dean A Fergusson
BACKGROUND: A number of corticosteroid minimization and avoidance protocols for post-solid organ transplant have been developed. The study objective was to examine the effect of corticosteroid withdrawal/avoidance on growth and safety parameters in pediatric solid organ transplant recipients. METHODS: A systematic review using Medline and Embase was performed. All randomized controlled trials (RCT) and observational studies comparing corticosteroid withdrawal/avoidance to controls receiving corticosteroids in pediatric transplant recipients which reported growth as change in height or final height were included...
July 12, 2016: Transplantation
Priya S Verghese
Successful renal transplantation is the optimal treatment for chronic kidney failure, but this was not always so for children. Beginning with the first kidney transplants in the 1950s, children experienced poorer patient and graft survival rates than adult patients. But over the last 6 decades, an improved understanding of the immune system which has steered pediatric multi-center clinical / pharmacokinetic and mechanistic studies that have sculpted our immunosuppression with markedly better patient and graft survivals...
October 12, 2016: Pediatric Research
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
Roei Hod Feins, Anna Tobar, Miriam Davidovits
BACKGROUND: Kidney biopsy serves as an adjunct for the diagnosis of renal disease. However, it is not always productive. This study evaluated the yield and risks of kidney biopsies performed in 1995-2014 at a tertiary pediatric medical center. METHODS: The medical files of all patients who underwent closed percutaneous biopsy for various indications in native or transplanted kidneys were retrospectively reviewed for patient characteristics, technical and histopathologic findings, biopsy yield, and biopsy complications...
October 3, 2016: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Jake A Nieto, Michael A Yamin, Itzhak D Goldberg, Prakash Narayan
Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) is associated with progressive enlargement of the kidneys fuelled by the formation and expansion of fluid-filled cysts. The disease is congenital and children that do not succumb to it during the neonatal period will, by age 10 years, more often than not, require nephrectomy+renal replacement therapy for management of both pain and renal insufficiency. Since increasing cystic index (CI; percent of kidney occupied by cysts) drives both renal expansion and organ dysfunction, management of these patients, including decisions such as elective nephrectomy and prioritization on the transplant waitlist, could clearly benefit from serial determination of CI...
2016: PloS One
L Badet, X Matillon, R Codas, M-O Timsit, R Thuret, F Kleinclauss, D Demede
AIMS: To describe indications, surgical aspects, results and outcomes of kidney transplantation in children. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An exhaustive systematic review of the scientific literature was performed in the Medline database ( and Embase ( using different associations of the following keywords (MESH): "kidney transplantation", "pediatric", "children", "outcomes". Publications obtained were selected based on methodology, language, date of publication (last 10 years) and relevance...
September 29, 2016: Progrès en Urologie
Bethany Coyne, Patricia J Hollen, Guofen Yan, Kenneth Brayman
BACKGROUND: Improvements in transplantation have increased the survival of children after kidney transplantation. These patients have complex needs, and the current medical system is not prepared to effectively transfer the care of these individuals from pediatric to adult health-care systems. Too often, transfer occurs during moments of crisis and is associated with poor outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to use a national database, the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, to test the hypothesis that the increased risk of graft loss after transfer of care (from pediatric to adult services) for young adult kidney transplant recipients over a 2- to 3-year posttransfer follow-up period was related to these posttransfer risk factors (medication noncompliance, acute rejection, insurance status)...
September 28, 2016: Progress in Transplantation
Anne M Kouri, Sharon P Andreoli
BACKGROUND: Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis is a small- and medium-sized vasculitis classically seen in adult patients, with peak onset near the fifth to seventh decade of life. There is little data on ANCA-associated vasculitis in pediatric patients, and most studies have limited follow-up. METHODS: This is a retrospective chart review of 22 patients with ANCA-positive glomerulonephritis in a single institution from 1991 to 2013...
September 27, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
John Dotis, Antigoni Pavlaki, Nikoleta Printza, Stella Stabouli, Stamatia Antoniou, Chrysa Gkogka, Nikolaos Kontodimopoulos, Fotios Papachristou
BACKGROUND: Progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD), irrespective of the underlying etiology, affects the quality of life (QoL) of children due to the need for regular follow-up visits, a strict medication program and diet intake. METHODS: The Greek version of the KIDSCREEN-52 multidimensional questionnaire was used in children with CKD, renal transplantation (RT) and in a control group (CG) of healthy children. RESULTS: Fifty-five patients between 8 and 18 years, with CKD (n = 25), RT (n = 16) and with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on peritoneal dialysis (PD) (n = 14) were included...
September 27, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Daping Zhang, Diana S-L Chow
Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), an ester prodrug of mycophenolic acid (MPA), is widely used as a maintenance immunosuppressive regimen in solid organ transplant patients. It is increasingly used for the prophylaxis and treatment of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) patients. MPA displays extensive binding to serum albumin and glucuronidation to the inactive MPA-7-O-glucuronide (MPAG). Here, we review and discuss the pertinent information regarding the clinical pharmacokinetics of MPA in HSCT patients...
September 27, 2016: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Caroline M Sierra, Robert Tan, Jim Eguchi, Leonard Bailey, Richard E Chinnock
Pediatric heart transplant patients at our institution are immunosuppressed with a CNI and another immune-modulating agent without utilizing corticosteroids. Patients whose renal function worsened and who did not respond to CNI minimization had their CNI discontinued. The clinical history of 35 pediatric heart transplant patients with significant renal insufficiency whose CNI was discontinued was retrospectively analyzed. Data including serum creatinine and weight were collected before, at time of, and every 3-6 months after CNI discontinuation...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Janice Crespo-Salgado, V Matti Vehaskari, Tyrus Stewart, Michael Ferris, Qiang Zhang, Guangdi Wang, Eugene E Blanchard, Christopher M Taylor, Mahmoud Kallash, Larry A Greenbaum, Diego H Aviles
BACKGROUND: End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is associated with uremia and increased systemic inflammation. Alteration of the intestinal microbiota may facilitate translocation of endotoxins into the systemic circulation leading to inflammation. We hypothesized that children with ESRD have an altered intestinal microbiota and increased serum levels of bacterially derived uremic toxins. METHODS: Four groups of subjects were recruited: peritoneal dialysis (PD), hemodialysis (HD), post-kidney transplant and healthy controls...
2016: Microbiome
Irit Krause, Miriam Davidovits, Hannah Tamary, Maria Yutcis, Amit Dagan
PTA and anemia of CKD share a similar pathogenesis. However, PTA may be disproportionate to the reduction in the GFR. Data relating to the mechanism of PTA are scarce. We evaluated the erythropoiesis parameters in pediatric kidney recipients compared to children with CKD. A total of 100 patients (54 post-kidney TX, 46 with CKD) were enrolled in the single-center cohort study. GFR was found to be significantly lower in the CKD group (49.7±22.4 vs 72.9±28.5 mL/min/1.73 m², P<.001); anemia was significantly more common in the TX patients (52% vs 41...
September 12, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
Daniella Levy Erez, Irit Krause, Amit Dagan, Roxana Cleper, Yafa Falush, Miriam Davidovits
Objective. Owing to a shortage of kidney donors in Israel, children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) may stay on maintenance dialysis for a considerable time, placing them at a significant risk. The aim of this study was to understand the causes of mortality. Study Design. Clinical data were collected retrospectively from the files of children on chronic dialysis (>3 months) during the years 1995-2013 at a single pediatric medical center. Results. 110 patients were enrolled in the study. Mean age was 10...
2016: International Journal of Nephrology
M P Sypek, S I Alexander, L Cantwell, F L Ierino, P Ferrari, A M Walker, J Y Kausman
Kidney paired donation (KPD) programs offer the opportunity to enable living kidney donation when immunological and other barriers prevent safe directed donation. Children are likely to require multiple transplants during their lifetime; therefore, high-level histocompatibility and organ quality matching are key priorities. Details are given for a cohort of seven pediatric renal transplantations performed through the Australian Kidney Exchange (AKX), including barriers to alternative transplantation and outcomes after KPD...
September 6, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Anna M Adamusiak, Jelena Stojanovic, Olivia Shaw, Robert Vaughan, Neil J Sebire, Martin Drage, Nicos Kessaris, Stephen D Marks, Nizam Mamode
BACKGROUND: Renal transplantation improves quality of life (QoL) and survival in children requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT). Sensitization with development of a broad-spectrum of anti-HLA antibodies as a result of previous transplantation or after receiving blood products is an increasing problem. There are no published reports of desensitization protocols in children allowing renal transplantation from HLA-antibody-incompatible living donors. METHODS: We adopted our well-established adult desensitization protocol for this purpose and undertook HLA antibody-incompatible living donor renal transplants in two children: a 14-year-old girl and a 13-year-old boy...
September 1, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
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