Low dose rabbit antithymocyte globulin is non-inferior to higher dose in low-risk pediatric kidney transplant recipients. Pediatric nephrology (Berlin, Germany) Sigurjonsdottir, V. K., Maestretti, L., McGrath, A., Concepcion, W., Gallo, A., Jonsdottir, U., Grimm, P. C., Chaudhuri, A. 1800


BACKGROUND: Currently, there is no consensus among pediatric kidney transplant centers regarding the use and regimen for immunosuppressive induction therapy.METHODS: In this single center, retrospective cohort study, pediatric kidney transplant recipients transplanted between 1 May 2013 and 1 May 2018 with rabbit antithymocyte globulin (rATG) induction were included. We stratified patients based on immunological risk, with high risk defined as those with repeat transplant, preformed donor specific antibody, current panel-reactive antibodies>20%, 0 antigen match and/or African-American heritage. Outcome of interest was the incidence of biopsy proven acute rejection by 1year.RESULTS: A total of 166 patients met inclusion criteria. Age of patients was 12years (11 mo-21 y), (median, range), 21.5% received a living donor transplant and 50.6% were female. Low-immunologic-risk patients were divided into 2 groups, those who received the lower cumulative rATG dose of=3.5mg/kg (n=52) versus the higher cumulative dose of>3.5mg/kg (n=47). The median total dose in the lower dose group was 3.1 (IQR 0.3) and 4.4 (IQR 0.8) in the higher dose group, P<0.001. Rejection rate did not differ significantly between the 2 treatment groups (7/52 vs. 6/47). None in the lower dose group developed BK nephropathy versus 3 in the higher dose group. Graft loss due to BK nephropathy occurred in 1 patient in the higher dose group. Graft loss in the whole cohort at 12months was a rare event (n=1) with 99.5% graft survival and 100% patient survival.CONCLUSIONS: Reduced rATG dosing (=3.5mg/kg) when compared to higher dosing (>3.5mg/kg) is safe and effective in low-risk pediatric kidney transplant recipients without increasing risk of rejection. A higher resolution version of the Graphical abstract is available as Supplementary information.

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