M Asim Rana, M Ahad Qayyum, Amer Latif, M Afzal Bhatti, Syed Arsalan Khalid, Muhammad Saleem, Irtiqa Rehan
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Single Center Analysis of Incidence and Outcome of COVID-19 Infection in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients

M Asim Rana, M Ahad Qayyum, Amer Latif, M Afzal Bhatti, Syed Arsalan Khalid, Muhammad Saleem, Irtiqa Rehan



Aim: To determine overall mortality, outcome and mortality of COVID 19 infection in solid organ transplant pts.

Study design: Retrospective study.

Place and duration of study: Department of Medicine, Bahria International Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan15thApril 2020 to 31stDecember 2020.

Methodology: Twenty-three patients 18 out of which were kidney transplant recipients while 5 were liver transplant recipients. All the solid organ transplant patients who were admitted with Sars CoV2 (Corona virus) infection were recorded. Their charts were reviewed regarding clinical course, management, and outcome of COVID-19 infection in recipients of solid organ (liver and kidney) transplant. Results: Mean age was 44.8±10.9 years. Median time lapsed from transplant surgery to admission was 2.88 years (interquartile range 2.25, 7.33). Median hospital stay was 15 days (interquartile range 13, 28). All 23 patients were admitted and managed, with 17 (73.91%) admitted in ICU. Over half of the cases (58.2%) presented with raised serum creatinine due to acute kidney injury. 80% received azithromycin, Tocilizumab and 50% received Remdesivir.Antimetabolites with or without calcineurin inhibitors were held or reduced. A total of 5 patients had died while the others 18 patients (78.26%) were discharged home.

Conclusion: There is a theoretical high risk of getting Sars CoV-2 infection in post-transplant patients but we did not find any increase in overall mortality in solid organ transplant recipients receiving immunosuppressive therapy who acquired Sars CoV2 infection as compared with mortality in the general patients with SARS-CoV-2. We had favorable outcome in solid organ transplant COVID 19 patients in our center.

Keywords: Incidence, Outcome, COVID-19, Infection

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