Urinary tract infection in renal transplant recipients

Eur J Clin Invest. 2008 Oct;38 Suppl 2:58-65. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2362.2008.02014.x.


Urinary tract infection (UTI) is common in renal transplant recipients. Frequency of UTIs depend on many factors such as age, female gender, kidney function, co-morbidity, type and amount of immunosuppression, urological instrumentation and/or the follow-up period (short term or long term) after kidney transplantation. UTI may worsen graft and patient survival. A significant proportion of renal transplant recipients with UTIs may develop acute pyelonephritis (APN), which is an independent risk factor for deterioration of graft function. Renal transplant recipients with UTIs are often clinically asymptomatic as a consequence of immunosuppression. UTI, however, may progress to APN (particularly in the early post-transplant period), bacteraemia and the full blown picture of urosepsis. Strategies for long term prophylaxis and antimicrobial treatment of UTI in renal transplant recipients are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents, Urinary / therapeutic use
  • Bacterial Infections / complications*
  • Bacterial Infections / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Graft Survival
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppression Therapy
  • Kidney Transplantation / immunology*
  • Male
  • Pyelonephritis / complications
  • Pyelonephritis / drug therapy
  • Risk Factors
  • Urinary Tract Infections / complications*
  • Urinary Tract Infections / drug therapy


  • Anti-Infective Agents, Urinary