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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 103-109

Incidence and associated risk factors of new-onset diabetes mellitus after transplantation in renal transplant recipients: A retrospective single-center study in Nepal

1 Department of Nephrology, National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal
2 Department of Internal Medicine, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, USA
3 Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Agrawal
National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hospital, Kathmandu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijot.ijot_2_18

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Introduction: New-onset diabetes mellitus after transplantation (NODAT) is a major complication of renal transplantation, with a prevalence rate ranging from 2% to 53% across the globe. There is no information about the prevalence of NODAT in the Nepalese population. This paper describes the demographics, clinical characteristics, and risk factors associated with the development of NODAT in renal transplant patients from Bir Hospital, Nepal. Materials and Methods: Data were retrospectively collected for 110 patients that underwent renal transplantation at Bir Hospital from December 2008 to 2015. Patients who had diabetes before undergoing the transplant and those who did not have a 6-month follow-up posttransplant were dropped from the analysis, thus leaving 97 patients for analysis. Results: The incidence rate of NODAT among all patients analyzed was 22.68/100 people. Increasing age and body weight were not found to be associated with the increased incidence of NODAT. Mother-to-offspring transplants had a higher risk of NODAT presentation in the recipient. The study did not show any association between trough levels of tacrolimus and the risk of NODAT. Conclusion: New-onset Diabetes mellitus after transplantation is a major complication in patients with renal transplants and can also increase risk for cardiovascular complications. Longitudinal studies with larger sample and longer follow-up durations are required to understand the prevalence and risk factors as well as management of NODAL in the Nepalese population Discussion: Longitudinal studies with longer follow-up and rigorous data collection are required to better quantify the burden of NODAT on renal transplant patients and address these complications wisely.

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