The first kidney transplantation after recipient and living donor recovered from COVID-19

Kucuk E. V. , Sit D., Kayabasi H., TAHRA A., Sobay R., Yilmaz S. N. G. , ...More

NORTHERN CLINICS OF ISTANBUL, vol.8, no.2, pp.187-189, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.14744/nci.2021.70457
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index, Central & Eastern European Academic Source (CEEAS), Directory of Open Access Journals, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.187-189
  • Keywords: Coronavirus, COVID-19, kidney transplant, SARS-CoV-2


SARS-CoV-2 is still a major threat to the world. In this pandemic, transplantation activities have largely been affected worldwide. We are still facing with this pandemic; however, after regulations, we have started our transplantation activities. We report the first kidney transplantation whose recipient and living donor recovered from COVID-19. A 31-year-old male with renal failure was admitted for transplantation with an ABO-compatible relative. The recipient and the donor were tested for COVID-19 before transplantation, and they were both positive with a polymerase chain reaction. The recipient had minor symptoms and received therapy; the living donor also received therapy. Thirty days after recovery, surgery was performed successfully. The recipient was discharged with mycophenolate mofetil (MMF), tacrolimus, and steroid 15 days after surgery. In the follow-up, they were both negative for COVID-19 45 days after surgery. Although there is missing literature regarding safety concerns and short-term follow-up, living-donor transplantation may be considered for patients, who recovered from COVID-19, after careful selection with paying attention to precautions.