Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders occurring after renal transplantation in adults: report of 230 cases from the French Registry

Am J Transplant. 2006 Nov;6(11):2735-42. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2006.01540.x.


Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLD) are a rare but serious complication after organ transplantation. A French Registry of PTLD was set up in a nationwide population of kidney transplant recipients. We prospectively enrolled all adult kidney recipients developing PTLD between January 1, 1998, and December 31, 2003. We analyzed the incidence, risk and prognostic factors of PTLD by Kaplan-Meier and Cox analyses. Totally 230 cases of PTLD were referred to the French Registry. Cumulative incidence was 1.18% after 5 years. Older age (per year, AHR = 2.19, CI = 1.22-3.94) and recipient Epstein-Barr virus seronegativity (AHR = 3.01, CI = 1.57-5.08) were associated with an increased risk of PTLD. Patients with PTLD had a reduced survival rate (61% at 5 years). Graft PTLD had the best prognosis with an 81% survival rate after 5 years. Infection with hepatitis C or B virus (HCV or HBV), late-onset PTLD, multiple sites involvement and high Ann Arbor staging were risk factors for patient death. Use of azathioprine was associated with a poorer survival rate. PTLD incidence and risk factors in French recipients are in line with the international or American PTLD series. We highlighted the role of HBV or HCV in patient mortality and described the relevant prognosis factors for patients with post-transplant lymphoproliferations.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aging
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • France
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Kidney Transplantation / adverse effects*
  • Kidney Transplantation / immunology
  • Kidney Transplantation / mortality
  • Lymphoproliferative Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Lymphoproliferative Disorders / mortality
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology*
  • Prognosis
  • Registries
  • Risk Factors
  • Survival Analysis
  • Time Factors