Indian Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 510–515 | Cite as

Cytomegalovirus Disease in Renal Transplant Recipients: A Single-Center Experience

  • Dharmendra Bhadauria
  • R. K. Sharma
  • A. Kaul
  • Narayan Prasad
  • Amit Gupta
  • Anurag Gupta
  • Aneesh Srivastava
Short Communication


Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common viral infection following kidney transplant, has been recognized as a major factor for graft loss and increased incidence of acute rejection. Different studies have reported a variable incidence of CMV disease with the use of Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF). We retrospectively analyzed our renal transplant recipients to review the results of CMV disease and to compare CMV disease in patient on Azathioprine and MMF for this purpose we retrospectively reviewed 521 live related kidney transplant recipients at our institute. 74 (14.2 %) live related allograft recipients developed CMV disease after a median interval of 7.18 ± 4.35 months from transplantation. The mean age was 36.15 ± 10.7 years. 63 of the patients were male. Malaise, fever and diarrhea were among most common symptoms. 20 (27.02 %) of the 74 recipients developed transaminitis, 13 (17.2 %) developed CMV gastritis, 5 (9.13 %) recipients developed pneumonia, and 3 (4.05 %) patient developed colitis. 59 (80 %) patients had leucopenia and 41 (56.5 %) developed thrombocytopenia. Mean serum creatinine level was 1.5 ± 0.4 (0.9–2.4) mg/dl before the disease, 1.9 ± 0.6 (1.3–3.6) mg/dl at the time of the diagnosis, and 1.7 ± 0.06 (0.8–4.2) mg/dl at the end of the treatment. CMV disease developed in 9 (36 %) of recipients who received basiliximab as induction therapy and 13 (30.24 %) of recipients who received ATG (p > 0.05). The incidence of CMV disease was similar in cyclosporine based regimen (13.2 %) and Tacrolimus based regimen 27 (16.16 %) (p = 0.137) and was also similar in Azathioprine 41 (9.5 %) and MMF group 33 (14.3 %) (p = 0.163). There was no significant difference in severity of CMV disease in both groups, except a higher incidence of leucopenia in Azathioprine group (86 vs. 74 %, p < 0.05) as compared to MMF group. 51 (68.91 %) patient developed graft dysfunction during CMV disease. In conclusion we report a low incidence (14.2 %) and milder form of cytomegalovirus disease at our center. Use of universal cytomegalovirus prophylaxis was associated with a low incidence and milder form of the disease. Incidence of CMV disease was similar between Azathioprine and MMF groups.


Cytomegalovirus CMV Renal allograft recipient 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dharmendra Bhadauria
    • 1
  • R. K. Sharma
    • 1
  • A. Kaul
    • 1
  • Narayan Prasad
    • 1
  • Amit Gupta
    • 1
  • Anurag Gupta
    • 1
  • Aneesh Srivastava
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NephrologySanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical SciencesLucknowIndia
  2. 2.Department of Renal TransplantationSanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical SciencesLucknowIndia

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