Impact of cytomegalovirus disease in D+/R- kidney transplant patients receiving 6 months low-dose valganciclovir prophylaxis

Am J Transplant. 2011 Sep;11(9):1936-42. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2011.03611.x. Epub 2011 Aug 9.


Late-onset cytomegalovirus (CMV) disease remains common in CMV serology naïve kidney transplant patients of CMV serology positive organs (D+/R-) despite the use of antiviral prophylaxis. We studied clinical efficacy of 6-month low-dose valganciclovir (VGCV) prophylaxis, risk factors for late-onset CMV disease and its impact on kidney transplant outcomes. Between October 2005 and December 2009, 166 consecutive D+/R- kidney alone and simultaneous pancreas and kidney transplant patients received VGCV 450 mg daily for 6 months after transplantation. After a median follow-up of 3.2 years, 30 cases of CMV disease occurred within the first 2 years after transplantation with a cumulative incidence of 11.5 and 18.1% at 1 and 2 years, respectively. The use of an induction agent with rabbit antithymocyte globulin and older donor age were factors associated with the risk of late-onset CMV disease (AHR 2.91, 95% CI 1.18-7.20, p = 0.021 and AHR 1.03, 95% CI 1.01-1.06, p = 0.016, respectively). Late-onset CMV disease was associated with increased risk for death-uncensored graft loss (AHR 2.95, 95% CI 1.15-7.61, p = 0.025). In conclusion, late-onset CMV disease continues to negatively impact kidney transplant outcome despite 6-month low-dose VGCV prophylaxis. Investigations focusing on novel preventive approaches should be emphasized.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Cytomegalovirus Infections / complications
  • Cytomegalovirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Female
  • Ganciclovir / analogs & derivatives*
  • Ganciclovir / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Kidney Transplantation*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Valganciclovir


  • Antiviral Agents
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Valganciclovir
  • Ganciclovir