Predictors of immune reconstitution syndrome in organ transplant recipients with cryptococcosis: implications for the management of immunosuppression.

Journal Article

BACKGROUND: Risk factors including how changes in immunosuppression influence the occurrence of immune reconstitution syndrome (IRS) in solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients with cryptococcosis have not been fully defined. METHODS: SOT recipients with cryptococcosis were identified and followed for 12 months. IRS was defined based on previously proposed criteria. RESULTS: Of 89 SOT recipients, 13 (14%) developed IRS. Central nervous system (CNS) disease (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 6.23; P = .03) and discontinuation of calcineurin inhibitor (AOR, 5.11; P = .02) were independently associated with IRS. Only 2.6% (1/13) of the patients without these risk factors developed IRS compared with 18.8% (6/32) with 1 risk factor, and 50% (6/12) with both risk factors (χ(2) for trend, P = .0001). Among patients with CNS disease, those with neuroimaging abnormalities (P = .03) were more likely to develop IRS, irrespective of serum or CSF cryptococcal antigen titers and fungemia. Graft rejection after cryptococcosis was observed in 15.4% (2/13) of the patients with IRS compared with 2.6% (2/76) of those without IRS (P = .07). CONCLUSIONS: We determined variables that pose a risk for IRS and have shown that discontinuation of calcineurin inhibitors was independently associated with 5-fold increased risk of IRS in transplant recipients with cryptococcosis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sun, H-Y; Alexander, BD; Huprikar, S; Forrest, GN; Bruno, D; Lyon, GM; Wray, D; Johnson, LB; Sifri, CD; Razonable, RR; Morris, MI; Stosor, V; Wagener, MM; Singh, N

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 60 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 36 - 44

PubMed ID

  • 25210020

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25210020

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-6591

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/cid/ciu711


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States