Microvascular Disease After Renal Transplantation.

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Individuals who reach end-stage kidney disease (CKD5) have a high risk of vascular events that persists even after renal transplantation. This study compared the prevalence and severity of microvascular disease in transplant recipients and patients with CKD5. METHODS: Individuals with a renal transplant or CKD5 were recruited consecutively from renal clinics, and underwent bilateral retinal photography (Canon CR5-45, Canon). Their retinal images were deidentified and reviewed for hypertensive/microvascular signs by an ophthalmologist and a trained grader (Wong and Mitchell classification), and for vessel caliber at a grading centre using a computer-assisted method and Knudtson's modification of the Parr-Hubbard formula. RESULTS: Ninety-two transplant recipients (median duration 6.4 years, range 0.8 to 28.8) and 70 subjects with CKD5 were studied. Transplant recipients were younger (p<0.001), with a higher eGFR (p< 0.001), but were just as likely to have a moderate-severe hypertensive/microvascular retinopathy (46/92, 50%) as subjects with CKD5 (38/70, 54%; OR 0.84, CI 0.45 to 1.57, p=0.64), and had similar mean arteriole and venular calibres (135.1 ± 7.5 µm and 137.9 ± 14.9 µm, p=0.12; and 199.1 ± 17.8 µm and 202.4 ± 27.8 µm, p=0.36, respectively). Arteriole and venular caliber were not different in nine patients examined before and after transplantation (p=0.62 and p=0.11, respectively). CONCLUSIONS: Hypertensive/microvascular disease occurred just as often and was generally as severe in transplant recipients and subjects with CKD5. Microvascular disease potentially contributes to increased cardiac events post-transplantation.

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Cited Authors

  • Ooi, QL; Tow, FKN-FH; Deva, R; Kawasaki, R; Wong, TY; Colville, D; Ierino, F; Hutchinson, A; Savige, J

Published Date

  • 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 575 - 583

PubMed ID

  • 26551639

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1423-0143

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1159/000368533


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Switzerland