Effect of Body Weight Variation in Kidney Transplantation: A Retrospective Cohorts Study.

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Abstract

Introduction

Obese kidney allograft recipients have an increased risk of surgical complications, delayed graft function(DGF), prolonged hospital stay and late graft failure. However, there is lack of information regarding the effect of body mass index(BMI) variation after kidney transplantation(KT).

Methods and Materials

In this longitudinal study, we used data from Catalan Renal Registry including first KT recipients within 1990 and 2011. The annual change on post-transplantation BMI was calculated all patient follow-up (until December 2015). Main outcome variables were DGF, eGFR(CKD-EPI), patient and graft survival. Statistical analysis was adjusted for variables impacting on outcome.

Results

A total of 5,983 kidney trasnplant recipients were included. Obesity was observed in 609 patients(10.9%) at the time of transplantation. Obese patients were transplanted more recently, were younger and received kidneys from younger donors. Incidence of DGF was significantly higher in obese (40.38% vs 29.5%, P<0.001). Multivariate logistic regression model confirmed that baseline obesity was a risk factor for DGF (class I obesity: OR 1.6; 95%CI 1.3-2.1, P<0.001 and class II OR 2.2; 95%CI 1.5-3.2, P<0.001) whereas under-weight was protective (OR 0.5; 95%CI 0.3-0.8, P=0.005). Moreover, baseline obesity was a detrimental factor concerning long-term graft survival (SHR 1.25; 95%CI 1.03-1.51, P<0.05) without any effect on patient survival (SHR 0.93 95%CI 0.74-1.17, P= 0.53). In obese patients with functioning graft, BMI loss of >7% was associated with better patient survival, and a BMI loss of >7% was associated with worse graft survival.

Conclusion

Our conclusion is that BMI reduction after KT was not associated with eGFR improvement and only in those with a reduction of >7% patient survival was better with worse long-term graft survival.

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