Posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorders in irish renal transplant recipients: Insights from a national observational study

John A. O'Regan, Susan Prendeville, Jennifer Anne McCaughan, Carol Traynor, Frank J. O'Brien, Francis L. Ward, Denis O'Donovan, Claire Kennedy, Ecaterina Berzan, Sinead Kinsella, Yvonne Williams, Patrick O'Kelly, Sandy Deady, Harry Comber, Mary Leader, Peter J. Conlon

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Background. Posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLD) are a common malignancy after renal transplantation with a high incidence of PTLD described in the first posttransplant year.We sought to determine incidence and risk determinants of PTLD in Irish kidney transplant recipients.Methods. Retrospective observational study of 1996 adult first kidney transplant recipients between 1991 and 2010 in the Republic of Ireland. Recipients were cross-referenced with the National Cancer Registry to determine incidence of PTLD. Kaplan-Meier analysis was performed for PTLD-free survival, allograft survival, and patient survival after PTLD. Cox proportional hazards models were used to identify independent risk factors for PTLD in our population. Results. We identified 31 cases of PTLD during the study period. Histological subgroups included: early lesions (n = 1); polymorphic PTLD (n = 1); monomorphic PTLD (n = 27), Hodgkin disease (n = 2). Median time to PTLD diagnosis was 8.3 (range, 1.2-13.9) years. Cumulative incidence (95% CI) of PTLD at 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, and 15 years was 0%, 0.16% (0.05-0.5%), 0.21% (0.08-0.57%), 0.21% (0.08-0.57%), 1.76% (1.15-2.69%), and 3.07% (2.1-4.43%), respectively. Allograft survival after PTLD diagnosis was 94.4% (66.6-99.2%) at 5 years. Patient survival after PTLD diagnosis was 64% at 1 year, 53% at 2 years, 48% at 5 years, and 37% at 10 years. No risk factors for PTLD were identified. Conclusions.We found a paucity of early onset PTLD in our cohort with no cases in the first posttransplant year. Potential contributing factors included a high prevalence of previous Epstein-Barr virus exposure and a relatively low immunological risk profile in our recipient cohort compared with prior studies. Further studies are required to reevaluate the epidemiology of PTLD in the modern era of transplant immunosuppression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-663
Number of pages7
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017


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