Pretransplant peritoneal dialysis and graft thrombosis following pediatric kidney transplantation: a NAPRTCS report.
Graft thrombosis is a common cause of graft failure in pediatric renal transplantation. Several previous studies, including a North American Pediatric Renal Transplant Cooperative Study (NAPRTCS) review of pretransplant dialysis status and graft outcomes, have described a potential correlation of peritoneal dialysis (PD) and graft thrombosis. This issue is of particular concern for pediatric transplant programs as more than 65% of children with end stage renal disease are treated with PD. We reviewed 7247 pediatric renal transplants performed between 1987 and 2001. Thrombosis was the cause of graft loss in 2.7% (199) of all the transplants performed. Among failed transplants, thrombosis was the third most common cause of graft loss in both index (11.6%) and subsequent transplants (14.5%). Thrombosis becomes the most common cause of graft failure (21%, 61/294) if one looks at transplants in the later cohort, from 1996 to 2001. This change is primarily because of a decrease in the incidence of acute rejection. In the PD group, 3.4% of all grafts were lost as a result of thrombosis. This compares with 1.9% in the hemodialysis group, 2.4% in the pre-emptive transplant group, and 4.1% among patients who received both dialysis modalities. There was a statistically significant difference in thrombosis failure risk in the different dialysis groups (p = 0.005) with those who received only peritoneal dialysis having the highest risk. Additional significant risk factors for graft thrombosis included; cadaver donor source (p < 0.001), cold ischemia time >24 h (p < 0.001), history of prior transplant (p < 0.001), donor age <6 yr (p < 0.001), and >5 pretransplant blood transfusions (p = 0.02). Using stepwise proportional hazards modeling, only pretransplant peritoneal dialysis, >24 h cold ischemia time, prior transplant, and donor age <6 yr were simultaneously associated with an increased risk of thrombosis. We conclude that pretransplant PD is associated with an increased risk of graft thrombosis. Special precautions should be undertaken in pediatric renal transplant patients who have received PD, especially infants and young children.