The Prevalence of Skin Disorders in Norwegian Paediatric Renal Transplant Recipients
Jan Cezary Sitek, Trine Tangeraas, Anna Bjerre, Per Helsing
A few key publications report on the frequency of skin disorders in paediatric organ transplant recipients in Southern and Central Europe presenting cumulative incidences. We aimed to estimate frequencies of skin disorders both as cumulative incidences and prevalence data, and describe skin problems in paediatric renal transplant recipients in a Norwegian renal transplant population. Clinical examination and review of post-transplant skin diseases were conducted in 70 patients having performed renal transplantation before the age of 16 in the period 1983–2006. Viral warts were a common and persistent problem, whereas bacterial and fungal infections in the skin were few. Drug-related skin disorders were rather frequent, but usually reversible on dose reduction or change of medication. Pre-malignant and malignant skin disorders appeared only in patients > 30 years of age. Relatively high cumulative incidences and low prevalence data of most skin disorders were found in the examined patient cohort.