Pediatric Kidney Transplantation: A Snapshot 10 Years Later

M. Ferraresso, L. Ghio, M. Raiteri, M. Belingheri, C. Beretta, V. Martina, A. Edefonti, L. Berardinelli

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Herein we report the outcomes of pediatric kidney recipients who underwent transplantation at least 10 years prior. A cohort of 36 patients (mean age, 26.4 ± 6 years) with a mean follow-up time of 14.2 ± 4 years was selected for the study. Immunosuppression consisted of cyclosporine and steroids. Actuarial patient and graft survivals 15 years after the transplantation were 97% and 86%, respectively. Only 1 patient died due to a complicated sclerosant peritonitis. Graft function was good with a mean serum creatinine of this selected cohort of 1.5 ± 0.6 mg/dL. Eighteen percent were class 1, 33% class 2, and 49% chronic kidney disease. Hypertension was treated in almost 80% of the patients. The majority of patients were smaller than the average population with a final height (between 0 and -2) standard deviation score (HSDS) but only 27% had a severe growth impairment (HSDS >-2). Regarding nutritional status, fewer than 30% were overweight and only 1 patient was obese with a body mass index (BMI) >30. The majority of patients, except 2 mentally retarded individuals, are or have been attending normal school and achieved full-time employment. In conclusion, long-term survivors of a kidney transplant received during childhood reached a high degree of rehabilitation despite a long period of immunosuppression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1852-1853
Number of pages2
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Transplantation


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