Native kidney post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder in a non-renal transplant patient

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Araya CE, Mehta MB, González-Peralta RP, Hunger SP, Dharnidharka VR. Native kidney post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder in a non-renal transplant patient. Pediatr Transplantation 2009:13:495–498. © 2008 John Wiley & Sons A/S


PTLD is an important post-transplant complication. Although PTLD affects kidney allografts after renal transplantation, it has not been reported in native kidneys of other solid organ recipients. Herein, we report a child who underwent an orthotropic liver transplant for cryptogenic cholestatic hepatitis and developed fever, generalized lymphadenopathy, chronic EBV viremia, and lymphatic PTLD. Subsequently, she also developed gross hematuria and nephrotic range proteinuria. Kidney histology revealed EBV-positive mononuclear infiltrates within the renal parenchyma consistent with PTLD. Electron microscopy examination demonstrated subepithelial electron-dense deposits consistent with a membranous glomerulopathy pattern. The PTLD was successfully treated with reduced immunosuppression and cyclic cyclophosphamide, rituximab, and prednisone, but the renal disease progressed to end-stage renal failure within two yr. Repeat kidney histology showed chronic nephropathy and membranous glomerulopathy without PTLD infiltrates or detectable EBV staining, although chronic viremia persisted. To our knowledge, this is the first such child to be reported and highlights the importance of remaining vigilant for renal PTLD even in non-kidney organ recipients.

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