BACKGROUND. The purpose of this study was to determine if histological features of polyomavirus allograft nephropathy (PVAN) are associated with the clinical presentation and outcomes of PVAN. METHODS. We examined the histological features of initial and follow-up biopsies of 20 kidney and kidney-pancreas transplant recipients with PVAN during a time prior to routine surveillance. The subjects' demographics, clinical characteristics, and outcomes were compared based upon classification of histological features of PVAN on initial biopsy. RESULTS. Diabetes mellitus (45%) and a history of tacrolimus-induced nephrotoxicity (35%) appeared to be prevalent in subjects with PVAN. Although histological severity of PVAN did not predict or correlate with the clinical course of PVAN, subjects with pattern C on initial PVAN biopsy presented later posttransplant, had higher serum creatinine level at presentation, and had significant allograft deterioration at follow-up than subjects with either pattern A or B on initial biopsy. Resolution of PVAN was noted in 60% of follow-up biopsies and occurred more frequently in subjects with pattern B on initial biopsy. Most subjects developed chronic allograft nephropathy after PVAN and viral clearance did not abrogate the progression to chronic allograft nephropathy. CONCLUSIONS. These data indicate that histologic patterns of PVAN may have clinical correlation to disease presentation and prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)196-204
Number of pages9
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2006


  • Chronic allograft nephropathy
  • Kidney transplantation
  • Kidney transplantation histology
  • Polyoma allograft nephropathy
  • Polyomavirus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation
  • Immunology


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