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Am J Transplant. 2014 Dec;14(12):2814-20. doi: 10.1111/ajt.12921. Epub 2014 Nov 13.

The outcomes of kidney transplantation in hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-negative recipients receiving graft from HBsAg-positive donors: a retrospective, propensity score-matched study.

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Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand; Excellence Center of Organ Transplantation (ECOT), King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Thai Red Cross Society, Bangkok, Thailand.


The outcomes of kidney transplantation (KT) from hepatitis B surface antigen-positive [HBsAg(+)] donors to HBsAg(-) recipients remain inconclusive, possibly due to substantial differences in methodological and statistical models, number of patients, follow-up duration, hepatitis B virus (HBV) prophylactic regimens and hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) levels. The present retrospective, longitudinal study ( NCT02044588) using propensity score matching technique was conducted to compare outcomes of KT between HBsAg(-) recipients with anti-HBs titer above 100 mIU/mL undergoing KT from HBsAg(+) donors (n = 43) and HBsAg(-) donors (n = 86). During the median follow-up duration of 58.2 months (range 16.7-158.3 months), there were no significant differences in graft and patient survivals. No HBV-infective markers, including HBsAg, hepatitis B core antibody, hepatitis B extracellular antigen and HBV DNA quantitative test were detected in HBsAg(+) donor group. Renal pathology outcomes revealed comparable incidences of kidney allograft rejection while there were no incidences of HBV-associated glomerulonephritis and viral antigen staining. Recipients undergoing KT from HBsAg(+) donors with no HBV prophylaxis (n = 20) provided comparable outcomes with those treated with lamivudine alone (n = 21) or lamivudine in combination with HBV immunoglobulin (n = 2). In conclusion, KT without HBV prophylaxis from HBsAg(+) donors without hepatitis B viremia to HBsAg(-) recipients with anti-HBs titer above 100 mIU/mL provides excellent graft and patient survivals without evidence of HBV transmission.


Clinical research/practice; donors and donation: donor-derived infections; graft survival; infection and infectious agents; infectious disease; kidney disease: infectious; kidney transplantation/nephrology; organ allocation; viral: hepatitis B

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