Utility of thrombophilia screening in pediatric renal transplant recipients

Margret E. Bock*, Amy E Bobrowski, Rukhmi Bhat

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Thrombosis after kidney transplantation may result in catastrophic outcomes, including graft loss. Thrombophilia has been implicated in post-transplant thrombosis; data, however, are inconclusive on the impact of acquired and inherited thrombophilia and resultant thrombosis in renal graft recipients. We aimed to evaluate whether identifying children with thrombophilia during the pretransplant evaluation predicted post-transplant outcomes. We reviewed 100 kidney transplants performed in 100 children, aged 1-18 years, in a single-center retrospective study. Routine pretransplant comprehensive thrombophilia evaluation was completed. Thrombophilia was demonstrated in 36% patients (N = 36). TEs occurred in 11 patients before kidney transplant. Low PS and antithrombin were found in 9/86 (10.5%) and 2/89 (2.2%) children, respectively. Heterozygosity for FLV and PGM were found in 5/81 (6.2%) and 1/93(1.1%) children, respectively. A post-transplant thrombotic event occurred in 10 children (10%); six involved the renal transplant. The association between a history of a pretransplant thrombotic event and post-operative renal graft thrombosis approached, but did not reach significance (P = 0.071). There was no association between preoperative screening abnormalities and post-operative TEs. Graft loss due to a thrombotic event occurred in two patients; none had underlying thrombophilia. Our data suggest that the utility of universal, comprehensive preoperative thrombophilia testing is not beneficial in determining risk of post-operative graft thrombosis. Thrombophilia testing may be considered in a select population with a history of pretransplant thrombotic event.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere13314
JournalPediatric transplantation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Transplantation


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