Journal article

Posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disorders in pediatric thoracic organ recipients.

GJ Boyle, MG Michaels, SA Webber, AS Knisely, G Kurland, LA Cipriani, BP Griffith, FJ Fricker

J Pediatr | Published : 1997


OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency, predisposing factors, clinical presentation, and outcome of posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disorders (PTLDs) in pediatric thoracic organ transplant recipients. METHODS: Retrospective review of the medical records of all 120 children who survived longer than 1 month after thoracic organ transplantation at our center. RESULTS: PTLD was diagnosed in 14 patients (11.7%), including 7.7% of heart and 19.5% of heart-lung/lung recipients. Presentation of PTLD was variable, ranging from asymptomatic lung nodules on chest radiograph to diffuse multiorgan failure. Treatment with a reduction of immunosuppression and antiviral therapy resulted in resolution..

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