Pregnancy and Kidney Transplantation
Pp. 354-369 (16)
Lisa A. Coscia,
Carolyn H. McGrory,
Vincent T. Armenti
The National Transplantation Pregnancy Registry (NTPR) was established in 1991 to study
the outcomes of pregnancies in female transplant recipients as well as pregnancies fathered by male
transplant recipients. Data from the NTPR along with publications of smaller experiences have
endorsed the concepts that successful pregnancies are possible in the solid-organ transplant population.
The largest cohort among the organ transplant population studied by the NTPR continues to be the
kidney transplant recipient group. Data collected over the last twenty years by the NTPR have
addressed a myriad of issues, thus providing a variety of additional information for healthcare providers
in caring for transplant recipients of childbearing age. Preconception guidelines proposed in 1976 have
undergone some refinement over the years, however most remain applicable today. Outcomes of the
children of transplant recipients have been encouraging with few negative effects identified, but
ongoing surveillance is still important. This article will provide a review of the historical literature
regarding pregnancy in the kidney transplant population, recent studies conducted by the NTPR, and a
brief review of the current literature regarding pregnancy after kidney transplantation.
Kidney Transplant, Pregnancy, High-Risk, Quality of Life, Immunosuppression, Tacrolimus,
Cyclosporine, Fetal Malformations, Sirolimus, Mycophenolate Mofetil.