October 30, 2012

Monitoring of Immunoglobulin Levels Identifies Kidney Transplant Recipients at High Risk of Infection


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Infections post-transplant are common, but it is difficult to predict which patients are most at risk. Hypogammaglobulinemia is a known risk factor for infection. In this prospective, single-center observational study, low immunoglobulin levels were common post-transplant, and correlated with an increased risk of infection. This study raises the question of whether such monitoring should become routine practice, and whether giving immunoglobulin replacement to patients with demonstrated low levels would reduce infection rates.

Renal Transplantation, Transplant Infectious Disease

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