Epidemiology and long-term outcomes of cytomegalovirus DNAemia and disease in pediatric solid organ transplant recipients

Kristen G. Valencia Deray*, Kathleen E. Hosek, Divya Chilukuri, Jordan R. Dunson, David R. Spielberg, Sarah J. Swartz, Joseph A. Spinner, Daniel H. Leung, Elizabeth A. Moulton, Flor M. Munoz, Gail J. Demmler-Harrison, Claire E. Bocchini

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Despite prevention strategies, cytomegalovirus (CMV) remains a common infection in pediatric solid organ transplant recipients (SOTR). We sought to determine the frequency, associations with, and long-term outcomes of CMV DNAemia in pediatric SOTR. We performed a single-center retrospective cohort study, including 687 first time SOTR ≤21 years receiving universal prophylaxis from 2011 to 2018. Overall, 159 (23%) developed CMV DNAemia, the majority occurring after completing primary prophylaxis. CMV disease occurred in 33 (5%) SOTR, 25 (4%) with CMV syndrome and 10 (1%) with proven/probable tissue-invasive disease. CMV contributed to the death of three (0.4%) patients (all lung). High-risk (OR 6.86 [95% CI, 3.6–12.9]) and intermediate-risk (4.36 [2.3–8.2]) CMV status and lung transplantation (4.63 [2.33–9.2]) were associated with DNAemia on multivariable analysis. DNAemia was associated with rejection in liver transplant recipients (p <.01). DNAemia was not associated with an increase in graft failure, all-cause mortality, or other organ-specific poor outcomes. We report one of the lowest rates of CMV disease after SOTR, showing that universal prophylaxis is effective and should be continued. However, we observed CMV morbidity and mortality in a subset of patients, highlighting the need for research on optimal prevention strategies. This study was IRB approved. (Figure presented.).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-198
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Transplantation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Transplantation
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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