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[Risk factors of non melanoma skin cancers in kidney transplant patients]

Joanna Sułowicz, Anna Wojas-Pelc, Ewa Ignacak, Alina Betkowska-Prokop, Marek Kuzniewski, Władysław Sułowicz
Przegla̧d Lekarski 2014, 71 (1): 19-25
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UNLABELLED: Non melanoma skin cancers (NMSC) represent a major challenge within the ever growing group of different organs recipients. The aim of the study was to evaluate risk factors influencing on frequency appearance of NMSC in patients after kidney transplantation. The clinical dermatological examination was performed in 486 patients after kidney transplantation consisted of 296 man (60.9%) and 190 woman (30.1%) in the mean age 46.1 +/- 13.1 (18-74 years) with median time after transplantation 74.3 +/- 52.1 months. Most of them (80.7%) before transplantation were treated by maintenance hemodialysis. Patients after kidney transplantation were checked by dermatologist for all skin abnormalities based on iniciated skin cancers screening program. All discovered abnormalities were described, their type, size, localization and results of histopathological examination were collected. The obtained results were analyzed based on t-Student's, Mann-Whitney's, chi-square and Fisher tests. Out of 486 studied patients, 53 NMSC were diagnosed in 25 kidney recipients including 39 basal cell carcinoma (BCC), 13 squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and 1 Bowen's disease. The proportion of BCC to SCC was 2.79. NMSC occurred more often on sun skin exposure area, especially on the face. Almost all (96.2%) of the cancers were diagnosed in patients older than 50 years of age. Patients with NMSC comparing with those without were significantly older (52.8 +/- 7.8 vs. 41.0 +/- 7.8; p < 0.0001), have longer post-transplant period and have more frequent positive anamnesis of this cancer. There was no significant relationship between NMSC appearance and sex, cause of kidney failure, HLA mismatch, blood group as well as Rh factor.

CONCLUSIONS: Older age of patients while transplantation, longer time of immunosuppressive therapy and previous NMSC are independent predictors of new skin cancers appearance.

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