Long-term kidney allograft survival in patients with transplant glomerulitis.Transplantation. 2015 Feb; 99(2):331-9.T
Renal transplant glomerulitis (G) is associated with acute antibody-mediated rejection (ABMR) in the presence of donor-specific antibodies. However, the long-term prognosis of isolated G (isG) in the absence of donor-specific antibodies or G in combination with T cell-mediated rejection (TCMR) remains unexplored.
Seventy recipients with G were included in this retrospective study and subdivided into 3 groups: isG, G with TCMR (G+TCMR), and G with acute ABMR. The control groups were: patients with TCMR Banff type I or II without G (TCMR) and patients without rejection (NR). Kaplan-Meier death-censored survival plots and Cox regression were used to analyze graft survival. The combined graft survival endpoint was defined as a return to dialysis or estimated glomerular filtration rate less than 15 mL/min/1.73 m. The median follow-up was 37 (14; 77) months from biopsy.
Graft survival was significantly lower in patients with G than in the NR and TCMR groups. No significant differences were observed among the isG, G+TCMR, and ABMR groups. Graft survival was lower in the G+TCMR group than in the TCMR group. Glomerulitis was independently associated with the risk of adverse graft outcome in a multivariate Cox regression model adjusted for other confounders (hazard ratio, 4.52 [95% confidence interval, 2.37-8.68] vs controls; P<0.001).
Glomerulitis is strongly associated with increased risk of graft failure. Graft survival in patients with isG that do not meet the Banff criteria for acute/active ABMR and in patients with G accompanying TCMR is comparable to the ABMR group.