Pediatric renal transplantation: 13 Years of experience - Report from the Chilean Cooperative Multicenter Group

P. Rosati, V. Pinto, A. Delucchi, P. Salas, F. Cano, P. Zambrano, E. Lagos, E. Rodriguez, P. Hevia, K. Ramirez, X. Quiero, M. Azócar, S. Rodriguez, J. Aguiló, M. Varela, M. Ferrario, R. Ramirez, J. M. Palacios, I. Turu, O. JimenezJ. Godoy, J. Gaete, X. Maluenda, R. Villegas

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Between 1989 and 2002, 178 renal transplants were performed in 168 pediatric patients in Chile. The mean age was 10.9 ± 3.7 years (range 1 to 17.9). End-state renal disease etiologies were: congenital renal hypoplasia/dysplasia, chronic glomerulonephritis, and reflux nephropathy. Seventy received a graft from a living donor (LD), and 108 from a cadaveric donor (CD). Only 9% received antibody induction. Acute rejection episodes were reported in 76 patients: 38% in LD recipients and 48% in CD recipients (P = NS). One-, 3-, and 5-year graft survivals were 88%, 84%, and 76%, respectively, for LD and 86%, 79%, and 68% for CD recipients. Actuarial graft survival was significantly better among those patients with serum creatinine < 1 mg/dL at 1 year posttransplant compared with those with creatinine > 1 mg/dL (P < .05). The graft survival rate has improved from the first period (1989 to 1996) to the second period (1997 to 2002); (P = .05). Patient survival rates at 1, 3, and 5 years were 98%, 98%, and 98%, respectively, for LD, and 95%, 94%, and 94% for CD. Global height/age Z-score decreased from -0.7 at birth to -1.5 when dialysis started, and to -2.4 at the time of transplantation. The Z-score height/age at 1, 3, and 5 years posttransplantation was -2.25, -2.24, and -2.5. No significant differences were observed in transplant outcomes comparing patients younger than 7 years with those older ones. In conclusion, pediatric renal transplant has been performed in Chile with acceptable morbidity. The patient and graft survivals are similar to the reported international experience. In the last period there was a significant improvement in graft survival.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1569-1573
Number of pages5
JournalTransplantation Proceedings
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes


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