The impact of COVID-19 on kidney transplant care

Chi Zhang, Lavanya Kodali, Girish Mour, Caroline Jadlowiec, Amit K. Mathur

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The SARS-CoV-2 virus precipitated the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, which placed considerable strain on healthcare systems and necessitated immediate and rapid alterations in the delivery of healthcare. In the transplant population, COVID-19 directly impacts an inherently vulnerable population in the setting of immunosuppression and co-morbidities, but also further complicates the clinical evaluation and management of kidney transplant candidates and recipients in a strained healthcare environment being challenged by the pandemic. Many transplant centers around the world saw mortality rate spikes in organ recipients related to COVID-19, and changes in care delivery abound. This review evaluates the care of the kidney transplant patient through all phases of the process including pre-operative evaluations, perioperative care, post-transplantation considerations, and how the global pandemic has changed the way we care for our patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1093126
JournalFrontiers in Medicine
StatePublished - Jan 9 2023


  • care delivery
  • COVID-19
  • healthcare access
  • kidney transplant
  • solid organ transplant
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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