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Effect of Immunosuppressive Therapy on the Occurrence of Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in Renal Transplant Recipients

Rupesh Raina, Abigail Chauvin, Kelli Fox, Natasha Kesav, Mustafa Ascha, Tushar J. Vachharajani, Vinod Krishnappa

Department of Nephrology, Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Akron Children Hospital, Akron, OH, USA

Ann Transplant 2018; 23:631-638

DOI: 10.12659/AOT.909781

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Published: 2018-09-07

BACKGROUND: Atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), a rare thrombotic microangiopathy, is characterized by hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and acute renal failure. Caused by genetic mutations in the alternative complement cascade, aHUS often will culminate in end-stage renal disease and occasionally death. Renal transplantation in aHUS patients has been contraindicated in the past due to the recurrence risk, with certain immunosuppressive regimens being commonly attributed. In this study, we analyzed the association between aHUS and immunosuppressive agents so as to offer evidence for the use of certain immunosuppressive regimens in renal transplant recipients.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Our study is a retrospective analysis using data from the United States Renal Data System from 2004 to 2012. A cohort of renal transplantation patients diagnosed with aHUS were identified to include in the study. The primary endpoint was the determination of aHUS incidence in renal transplant recipients due to various immunosuppressive agents. The secondary endpoints were to check the relationship between the drug type as well as the demographic variables that increase the risk for aHUS.
RESULTS: It was found that there was a higher usage of sirolimus (P=0.015) and corticosteroids (P=0.030) in the aHUS patients compared to patients in other diagnoses group.
CONCLUSIONS: There was a higher usage of sirolimus and corticosteroids in renal transplantation patients diagnosed with aHUS. Unfortunately, due to the rarity of this disease, the sample size was small (n=14). Despite the small sample size, this data analysis throws light on the relationship between aHUS and immunosuppressive agents in renal transplant recipients, although we still have much to learn.

Keywords: Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome, Immunosuppression, Kidney Transplantation, Thrombotic Microangiopathies