Chronic immunosuppression may increase the risk of post-transplant infection and medication-related injury and may also be responsible for the increased risk of gastrointestinal complications in kidney transplant recipients. Differentiating the various forms of post-transplant colitis is challenging, since most have similar clinical and histological features. This study evaluated the incidence of post-transplant gastrointestinal complications during screening colonoscopy. Kidney transplant recipients undergoing a colonoscopy for any reasons in the period 2014-2018 were included. Among the 134 patients completing the colonoscopy, 74 patients (56%) had an abnormal finding: an adenoma was found in 25 patients (18.6%), while 19 patients (14.1%) had colitis. Mycophenolic acid/related colitis was the most common colitis (6%), while 7 patients (5.2%) developed a de novo inflammatory bowel disease. Patients with post-transplant colitis were younger and with shorter time from transplant compared to patients without colitis. In conclusions, immunosuppression may predispose kidney transplant recipients to an increased risk of post-transplant colitis. Diagnostic colonoscopy should be encouraged in all transplant patients with refractory diarrhea and gastrointestinal symptoms to allow a prompt diagnosis and a timely treatment, finally improving the quality of life and long-term outcomes of affected patients.

Post-transplant colitis after kidney transplantation: clinical, endoscopic and histological features

Gioco, Rossella
Primo
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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Puzzo, Lidia;Patanè, Marco;Corona, Daniela;Trama, Giuseppe;Veroux, Pierfrancesco;Veroux, Massimiliano
Ultimo
Writing – Review & Editing
2020

Abstract

Chronic immunosuppression may increase the risk of post-transplant infection and medication-related injury and may also be responsible for the increased risk of gastrointestinal complications in kidney transplant recipients. Differentiating the various forms of post-transplant colitis is challenging, since most have similar clinical and histological features. This study evaluated the incidence of post-transplant gastrointestinal complications during screening colonoscopy. Kidney transplant recipients undergoing a colonoscopy for any reasons in the period 2014-2018 were included. Among the 134 patients completing the colonoscopy, 74 patients (56%) had an abnormal finding: an adenoma was found in 25 patients (18.6%), while 19 patients (14.1%) had colitis. Mycophenolic acid/related colitis was the most common colitis (6%), while 7 patients (5.2%) developed a de novo inflammatory bowel disease. Patients with post-transplant colitis were younger and with shorter time from transplant compared to patients without colitis. In conclusions, immunosuppression may predispose kidney transplant recipients to an increased risk of post-transplant colitis. Diagnostic colonoscopy should be encouraged in all transplant patients with refractory diarrhea and gastrointestinal symptoms to allow a prompt diagnosis and a timely treatment, finally improving the quality of life and long-term outcomes of affected patients.
colitis; colonoscopy; cytomegalovirus; inflammatory bowel disease; kidney transplantation
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