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Published: 2017-05-23

Post-Transplant Diabetes Mellitus After Kidney Transplant in Hispanics and Caucasians Treated with Tacrolimus-Based Immunosuppression

Pedro W. Baron, Sergio Infante, Regina Peters, Jerusalem Tilahun, Jill Weissman, Lauren Delgado, Arputharaj Higgins Kore, W. Lawrence Beeson, Michael E de Vera

(Transplantation Institute, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, USA)

Ann Transplant 2017; 22:309-314

DOI: 10.12659/AOT.903079

BACKGROUND: Development of post-transplant diabetes mellitus after kidney transplant (PTDM) significantly increases kidney graft loss and mortality. Several risk factors for PTDM have been reported, including Hispanic ethnicity and the use of calcineurin inhibitors and corticosteroids. The incidence and impact of PTDM in the Hispanic kidney transplant population is unknown.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 155 Hispanic and 124 Caucasian patients, who were not diabetics and underwent kidney transplant between January 2006 and December 2011. We analyzed their clinical outcomes at 12 months post-transplant, including the incidence of PTDM, acute rejection rates, and patient and graft survival.
RESULTS: Hispanics who developed PTDM (n=22) were more than 10 years older and had higher body mass index (BMI) than Hispanics without PTDM (p<0.001 and p=0.001, respectively). Caucasians with PTDM (n=13) were non-significantly older (2.5 years) and had higher BMI than Caucasians without PTDM (p=0.526, p=0.043, respectively). The incidence of PTDM was not significantly different between Hispanics and Caucasians treated with tacrolimus-based immunosuppression (14.2% and 10.5%, respectively).
CONCLUSIONS: PTDM did not cause significant difference in short-term outcomes after kidney transplant in Hispanics or Caucasians. Larger multicenter prospective and long-term clinical trials are needed to validate these findings.

Keywords: Hispanic Americans, Kidney Transplantation, Tacrolimus

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