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American Journal of Transplantation ; 22(Supplement 3):1091, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2063516


Purpose: The new kidney allocation system has caused increased organ travel times and therefore increased cold ischemia time. Furthermore, the change in the priority to larger transplant centers has caused deprioritized centers to accept higher risk extended criteria donors. These factors lead to increased risk of delayed graft function (DGF). Method(s): To mitigate these risk factors of delayed graft function we have adopted an immunosuppression regimen of de novo belatacept with reduced dose tacrolimus with trough goal level of 5. We hypothesize that the use of belatacept will allow protection against rejection while allowing the renal allogaft to recover from ischemia reperfusion injury without concomitant calcineurin toxicity or vasoconstriction. The delayed addition of low dose tacrolimus can then aid in rejection prevention in addition to belatacept. Result(s): In a cohort of 83 patients we observed one graft loss, two episodes of rejection and three deaths. Of the 130 standard dose tacrolimus with no belatacept we observed no graft losses, seven rejections and one death. Two patients were converted from tacrolimus alone therapy to belatacept plus tacrolimus therapy after the diagnosis of rejection with concomitant tacrolimus toxicity. The belatacept group had a lower rate of rejection, but a higher rate of patient death with a P value <0.001 as calculated with the Z score test. The death in the tacrolimus group was due to covid. Two of the deaths in the belatacept group were cardiovascular, one was a cerebrovascular accident possible related to skull based osteomyelitis. The graft loss in the belatacept group was related to non-compliance. Conclusion(s): Despite initial reports of increased rates of rejection;we report decreased rejection with our belatacept for DGF regimen. We believe this regimen can be a useful tool to utilize more extended criteria donor kidneys in the new kidney allocation system.

American Journal of Transplantation ; 22(Supplement 3):569-570, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2063377


Purpose: At the beginning of the pandemic, kidneys from SARS-CoV-2 (COVID) RT-PCR positive donors were not utilized for transplantation, due to the risk of viral transmission. With the advent of the COVID vaccines, and improved monoclonal antibody therapy we transplanted organs from COVID positive donors irrespective of disease severity. Method(s): We performed six kidney transplants from COVID RT-PCR positive donors. Potential donors were screened for the date of the first positive COVID RTPCR. Only donors whose test had been positive at least 10 days prior to donation on a nasopharyngeal swab or bronchoalveolar lavage were accepted. A cycle threshold (ct)of >= 35 cycles was used as a cut off for accepting kidneys, when results were available prior to donation. Disease severity was not considered in donor evaluation. Recipient selection was performed based on willingness to give informed consent for the use of such kidneys, prior vaccination with at least 2 doses of the COVID vaccine and negative RT-PCRs in the month prior to transplantation. Result(s): We successfully transplanted 6 recipients from 5 donors. While one of the kidneys was recovered locally, the remainder were imported as non mandatory nationally shared organs. Four donors suffered from ARDS secondary to COVID pneumonia. Two donors were on ECMO at the time of donation. Two of the 5 donors were DCD recoveries with warm ischemic times times of 22 and 28 minutes. Co-infections in the donors included Candida glabrata, Enterococcus faecalis, and Burkholderia Cepacia for which appropriate prophylaxis was used in the recipients. All donors had positive nasopharyngeal RT-PCRs. Three had positive bronchioloalveolar lavage RT-PCRs. One donor was RT-PCR negative at the time of donation. Three recipients were sensitized with a PRA of 48%, 96%and 100%. The mean cold ischemic time was 25 hours. The mean KDPI was 51%. The delayed graft function rate was 33%. There was no primary nonfunction, rejection, death or graft loss after median follow-up of 87 (30-250days). The mean recipient GFR was 43ml/min. Dual kidney transplants were performed in two recipients. None of the recipients developed a COVID infection. 5/6 recipients received monoclonal antibodies (casirivimab and imdevimab) immediately after reperfusion. One patient did not receive casirivimab and imdevimab as it was not yet available in our region. All 6 patients received Thymoglobulin induction. Conclusion(s): With careful selection of immunized recipients, clinical assessment of transmission risk, and the preemptive use of monoclonal antibodies post exposure , SARS-Cov-2 positive donor kidneys can be safely utilized for single or dual kidney transplantation, without an increased risk of viral transmission, rejection or graft loss.