Thursday, September 24, 2020

Kidney transplant programmes during the COVID-19 pandemic

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We would like to express our concern about kidney transplant programmes during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Although we recognise the importance of kidney transplants for dialysis patients, we cannot ignore the potential safety issues during this pandemic.

The limited accuracy of the RT-PCR test might lead to underdiagnosis of infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Weaknesses in the detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection have been identified in the pre-analytical phase (ie, collection, handling, transport and storage, and timing of the test) and in the analytical phase (ie, viral recombination, assay quality, harmonisation, and instrument performance).

  • Lippi G
  • Simundic AM
  • Plebani M
Potential preanalytical and analytical vulnerabilities in the laboratory diagnosis of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).