Extended valganciclovir prophylaxis to prevent cytomegalovirus after lung transplantation: a randomized, controlled trial.
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most prevalent opportunistic infection after lung transplantation. Current strategies do not prevent CMV in most at-risk patients. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether extending prophylaxis with oral valganciclovir from the standard 3 months to 12 months after lung transplantation is efficacious. DESIGN: Randomized, clinical trial. Patients were randomly assigned by a central automated system to treatment or placebo. Patients and investigators were blinded to treatment status. (ClinicalTrials.gov registration number: NCT00227370) SETTING: Multicenter trial involving 11 U.S. lung transplant centers. PATIENTS: 136 lung transplant recipients who completed 3 months of valganciclovir prophylaxis. INTERVENTION: 9 additional months of oral valganciclovir (n = 70) or placebo (n = 66). MEASUREMENTS: The primary end point was freedom from CMV disease (syndrome or tissue-invasive) on an intention-to-treat basis 300 days after randomization. Secondary end points were CMV disease severity, CMV infection, acute rejection, opportunistic infections, ganciclovir resistance, and safety. RESULTS: CMV disease occurred in 32% of the short-course group versus 4% of the extended-course group (P < 0.001). Significant reductions were observed with CMV infection (64% vs. 10%; P < 0.001) and disease severity (110 000 vs. 3200 copies/mL, P = 0.009) with extended treatment. Rates of acute rejection, opportunistic infections, adverse events, CMV UL97 ganciclovir-resistance mutations, and laboratory abnormalities were similar between groups. During the 6 months after study completion, a low incidence of CMV disease was observed in both groups. LIMITATION: Longer-term effects of extended prophylaxis were not assessed. CONCLUSION: In adult lung transplant recipients who have received 3 months of valganciclovir, extending prophylaxis by an additional 9 months significantly reduces CMV infection, disease, and disease severity without increased ganciclovir resistance or toxicity. A beneficial effect with regard to prevention of CMV disease seems to extend at least through 18 months after transplantation.
Palmer, SM; Limaye, AP; Banks, M; Gallup, D; Chapman, J; Lawrence, EC; Dunitz, J; Milstone, A; Reynolds, J; Yung, GL; Chan, KM; Aris, R; Garrity, E; Valentine, V; McCall, J; Chow, S-C; Davis, RD; Avery, R
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