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Transpl Infect Dis ; 23(1): e13465, 2021 Feb.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-772374


Kidney transplant recipients have been supposed vulnerable to severe Covid-19 infection, due to their comorbidities and immunosuppressive therapies. Mild-term complications of Covid-19 are currently unknown, especially in this population. Herein, we report two cases of BKV replication after non-severe SARS-CoV-2 infection. The first case was a 59-year-old man, transplanted 3 months ago, with recent history of slight BKV viremia (3.3 log10 DNA copies/ml). Despite strong reduction of maintenance immunosuppression (interruption of mycophenolic acid and important decrease of calcineurin inhibitors), BKV replication largely increased after Covid-19 and viremia persisted at 4.5 log copy/ml few months later. The second case was a 53-year-old woman, transplanted 15 years ago. She had a recent history of BKV cystitis, which resolved with a decrease of MPA dosage. Few weeks after SARS-CoV-2 infection, she presented recurrence of lower urinary tract symptoms. Our reports highlight that SARS-CoV-2 infection, even without severity, could disrupt immune system and particularly lymphocytes, thus leading to viral replication. Monitoring of viral replications after Covid-19 in kidney transplant recipients could permit to confirm these preliminary observations.

BK Virus , COVID-19 , Kidney Transplantation , Polyomavirus Infections/virology , SARS-CoV-2 , Tumor Virus Infections/virology , Female , Humans , Immunosuppressive Agents/administration & dosage , Male , Middle Aged , Transplant Recipients , Viremia
Transplant Proc ; 52(9): 2584-2591, 2020 Nov.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-608515


The high morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 in immunocompetent patients raises significant concern for immunosuppressed kidney transplant recipients (KTRs). This level of concern, both on the part of the KTRs and transplant professionals, is heightened by a lack of prior knowledge on how Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome 2 virus (SARS-CoV-2) may manifest differently in immunosuppressed patients. Characterizing how KTRs may present differently than the general population would allow for more targeted and timely evaluation and treatment of KTRs with COVID-19 infection. METHODS: Without prior knowledge of how this virus would affect our transplant center's delivery of care to KTRs who are SARS-CoV-2 positive or patients under investigation, and in the setting of limited testing availability, we initiated a quality assurance and improvement project (QAPI) to track KTRs followed at our transplant center through the SARS-CoV-2 testing process. RESULTS: Of the 53 symptomatic patients, 20 (38%) tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 either on presentation to the emergency department or referral to a designated outpatient testing center. In addition, 16 (80%) of the 20 patients who tested positive required inpatient treatment. Intriguingly, patients with a history of polyoma BK viremia (BKV) had a higher incidence of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 compared to patients without a history of BKV (80% and 28%, respectively; P = .002). The Positive Predictive Value and Likelihood ratio was 80% and 6.6 for this association, respectively. Among our KTRs tested, those receiving belatacept had a lower likelihood of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2. This finding approached, but did not achieve, statistical significance (P = .06).

Betacoronavirus/immunology , Clinical Laboratory Techniques , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Immunocompromised Host/immunology , Kidney Transplantation/adverse effects , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Postoperative Complications/diagnosis , Aged , BK Virus/immunology , COVID-19 , COVID-19 Testing , Coronavirus Infections/immunology , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Phenotype , Pneumonia, Viral/immunology , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Postoperative Complications/immunology , Postoperative Complications/virology , SARS-CoV-2
Transpl Infect Dis ; 22(6): e13367, 2020 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-596059


The clinical course and outcomes of immunocompromised patients, such as transplant recipients, with COVID-19 remain unclear. It has been postulated that a substantial portion of the disease burden seems to be mediated by the host immune activation to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Herein, we present a simultaneous heart-kidney transplant (SHKT) recipient who was hospitalized for the management of respiratory failure from volume overload complicated by failure to thrive, multiple opportunistic infections, and open non-healing wounds in the setting of worsening renal dysfunction weeks prior to the first case of SARS-CoV-2 being detected in the state of Connecticut. After his third endotracheal intubation, routine nucleic acid testing (NAT) for SARS-CoV-2, in anticipation of a planned tracheostomy, was positive. His hemodynamics, respiratory status, and ventilator requirements remained stable without any worsening for 4 weeks until he had a negative NAT test. It is possible that the immunocompromised status of our patient may have prevented significant immune activation leading up to clinically significant cytokine storm that could have resulted in acute respiratory distress syndrome and multisystem organ failure.

COVID-19/immunology , Cardiomyopathy, Dilated/surgery , Heart Transplantation , Immunocompromised Host/immunology , Immunosuppressive Agents/therapeutic use , Kidney Failure, Chronic/surgery , Kidney Transplantation , Malnutrition/immunology , Opportunistic Infections/immunology , Antibiotics, Antineoplastic/adverse effects , BK Virus , Bacteremia/complications , Bacteremia/immunology , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Testing , Cardiomyopathy, Dilated/chemically induced , Cardiomyopathy, Dilated/complications , Cardiotoxicity , Doxorubicin/adverse effects , Graft Rejection/prevention & control , Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections/complications , Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections/immunology , Humans , Incidental Findings , Kidney Failure, Chronic/complications , Kidney Failure, Chronic/therapy , Male , Malnutrition/complications , Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus , Middle Aged , Mycophenolic Acid/therapeutic use , Opportunistic Infections/complications , Polyomavirus Infections/complications , Polyomavirus Infections/immunology , Postoperative Complications/therapy , Prednisone/therapeutic use , Renal Dialysis , SARS-CoV-2 , Staphylococcal Infections/complications , Staphylococcal Infections/immunology , Surgical Wound Infection/complications , Surgical Wound Infection/immunology , Tacrolimus/therapeutic use , Tracheostomy , Tumor Virus Infections/complications , Tumor Virus Infections/immunology , Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci , Viremia/complications , Viremia/immunology , Water-Electrolyte Imbalance/complications , Water-Electrolyte Imbalance/therapy