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Abstract: PO0096

Three-Month Clinical, Functional, and Mental Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Recipients Surviving COVID-19

Session Information

Category: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • 000 Coronavirus (COVID-19)


  • Duivenvoorden, Raphael, Radboudumc, Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
  • Vart, Priya, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Noordzij, Marlies, Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Soares dos Santos Jr, Augusto Cesar, Hospital das Clinicas at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Zulkarnaev, Alex B., Moskovskij oblastnoj naucno-issledovatel'skij kliniceskij institut imeni M F Vladimirskogo, Moskva, Moskva, Russian Federation
  • Franssen, Casper F.M., Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Kuypers, Dirk R., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven, Leuven, Flanders, Belgium
  • Demir, Erol, Istanbul Universitesi Istanbul Tip Fakultesi, Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Rahimzadeh, Hormat, Sina Hospital, Tehran, Tehran, Iran (the Islamic Republic of)
  • Kerschbaum, Julia, Medizinische Universitat Innsbruck Universitatsklinik fur Innere Medizin IV Nephrologie und Hypertensiologie, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Jager, Kitty J., Amsterdam Universitair Medische Centra, Duivendrecht, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
  • Turkmen, Kultigin, Necmettin Erbakan Universitesi Meram Tip Fakultesi, Meram, Konya, Turkey
  • Hemmelder, Marc H., Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
  • Schouten, Marcel, Tergooi, Hilversum, North Holland, Netherlands
  • Rodríguez-Ferrero, María L., Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Crespo, Marta, Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
  • Gansevoort, Ron T., Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Hilbrands, Luuk, Radboudumc, Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands

Kidney transplant patients are at high risk for COVID-19 related mortality. However, limited data are available on longer term clinical, functional and mental outcomes in patients that survive COVID-19.


Data from adult kidney transplant patients that presented with COVID-19 between February 1st, 2020 and January 31st, 2021 were retrieved from the ERACODA database. Data from patients with complete data for vital status, hospitalization and/or ICU admission was used for this analysis.


912 patients were included with a mean age of 56.7 (±13.7) years. 26.4% were not hospitalized, 57.5% hospitalized, and 16.1% hospitalized and ICU admitted. Three-months survival was 82.3% overall and 98.8%, 84.2% and 49.0% resp. in each group. Three-months acute rejection, need for dialysis / CVVH at any time point, and graft failure occurred in the overall group in 1.0%, 2.6% and 1.8% resp., and in 2.1%, 10.6% and 10.6% of ICU admitted patients resp. Of the surviving patients 83.3% had reached their prior functional status within 3 months. Of patients that had not yet reached their prior functional status, it was expected that 79.6% still would do so within the coming year. 94.4% had reached their prior mental status. Of patients that had not yet reached their prior mental status, it was expected that 80% of patients would do so within the coming year.


In patients alive at three-months follow-up, graft loss was rare, and most patients had reached their pre-COVID-19 functional and mental status.

Table 1
OutcomesTotalNot hospitalizedHospitalized, no ICUHospitalized, ICUp-value
Acute rejection, n (%)5 (1.0)2 (1.4)2 (0.7)1 (2.1)0.57
Required dialysis / CVVH, n (%)13 (2.6)3 (2.1)5 (1.7)5 (10.6)<0.001
Graft Loss, n (%)9 (1.8)1 (0.7)3 (1.0)5 (10.6)<0.001
Reached pre-COVID-19 functional status, n (%)375 (83.3)123 (87.9)235 (87.0)17 (42.5)<0.001
Reached pre-COVID-19 mental status, n (%)425 (94.4)134 (95.7)260 (96.3)31 (77.5)<0.001

Clinical, functional, and mental outcomes in kidney transplant recipients three months after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Data of 487 patients were available for analysis of graft function related outcomes. Data of 450 patients were available for functional and mental status outcomes.