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Sex and organ-specific risk of major adverse renal or cardiac events in solid organ transplant recipients with COVID-19

Date : 2021

From authors Amanda J. Vinson, et al, have produced the largest study of its kind to determine that indeed the COVID-19 virus does adversely effect those receiving solid organ transplants.

"While older males are at the highest risk for poor coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outcomes, it is not known if this applies to the immunosuppressed recipient of a solid organ transplant (SOT), nor how the type of allograft transplanted may impact outcomes. In a cohort study of adult (>18 years) patients testing positive for COVID-19 (January 1, 2020-June 21, 2021) from 56 sites across the United States identified using the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) Enclave, we used multivariable Cox proportional hazards models to assess time to MARCE after COVID-19 diagnosis in those with and without SOT. We examined the exposure of age-stratified recipient sex overall and separately in kidney, liver, lung, and heart transplant recipients. 3996 (36.4%) SOT and 91 646 (4.8%) non-SOT patients developed MARCE. Risk of post-COVID outcomes differed by transplant allograft type with heart and kidney recipients at highest risk. Males with SOT were at increased risk of MARCE, but to a lesser degree than the non-SOT cohort (HR 0.89, 95% CI 0.81–0.98 for SOT and HR 0.61, 95% CI 0.60–0.62 for non-SOT [females vs. males]). This represents the largest COVID-19 SOT cohort to date and the first-time sex-age–stratified and allograft-specific COVID-19 outcomes have been explored in those with SOT."

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(Excerpt courtesy: American Journal of Transplantation/ Wiley)