Effects of Parvovirus B19 Infection in Renal Transplant Recipients: A Retrospective Review of Three Cases
Int J Angiol
Parvovirus B19 (PVB19) is a DNA virus which causes clinically relevant infection in renal transplant recipients (RTR) leading to significant morbidity. Manifestations include erythropoietin resistant anemia, proteinuria, and glomerulosclerosis in the allograft. Severe infection may require administration of intravenous immunoglobulin, reduction in immunosuppression and transfusions. The major challenge in managing and preventing the infection in RTR involves the act of balancing the decreased level of immunosuppression and the risk of rejection. The objective of this article is to understand the importance of PVB19 infection and its outcome in RTR. We reviewed the medical records of three RTR with confirmed PVB19 infection and recorded patient information including demographics, clinical and laboratory data, management, and outcome. The average time of occurrence of PVB19 infection as transplant was 8.6 weeks and they presented with symptomatic anemia. Elevated creatinine values were noted in two of them. Following treatment, anemia improved and creatinine values returned to baseline. One of them developed an early relapse and had to be treated once again similarly. We emphasize the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for PVB19 infection in patients with anemia in the posttransplant phase, especially in patients on higher doses of immunosuppressants. Early and proper treatment can prevent worsening clinical condition and possible effects on the allograft.
School of Medicine
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