Isabelle Côté

CHU de Québec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

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Publications (32)59.98 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Significant changes in the criteria for chronic active antibody-mediated rejection (CAABMR) were made in the Banff 2013 classification. These modifications expanded the number of patients diagnosed with CAABMR, with undetermined clinical significance. We compared the 2007 and 2013 criteria for the composite end point of death-censored graft failure or doubling of serum creatinine in 123 patients meeting the criterion related to the morphologic evidence of chronic tissue injury. In all, 18% and 36% of the patients met the 2007 and 2013 criteria, respectively. For the criterion related to antibody interaction with endothelium, only 25% were positive based on the 2007 definition compared with 82% using the 2013 definition. Cox modeling revealed that a 2013 but not a 2007 diagnosis was associated with the composite end point (adjusted hazard ratio 2.5 [95% confidence interval (CI) 1.2-5.2] vs. 1.6 [95% CI 0.7-3.8], respectively). The 2013 criterion based on both the C4d score and the glomerulitis plus peritubular capillaritis score (g+ptc) was more strongly associated with the end point than the 2007 criterion based only on C4d; however, when dissected by component, only the C4d component was significant. The association with clinical outcomes improved with the 2013 criteria. This is related to the new C4d threshold but not to the g+ptc ≥2 component. © 2015 The American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: We have previously shown that there is a blood pressure independent reduction in aortic stiffness as early as 3 months after successful a kidney transplantation (KTx). The purpose of the present study is to examine the effects of KTx on changes in aortic stiffness after 2 years of follow-up. Design and method: In this prospective, longitudinal observational study, we studied hemodynamic and biological parameters prior to KTx and 3, 6 and 24 months after a KTx in 59 dialysis patients. Aortic stiffness was measured by carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV). A successful kidney transplant was defined by an estimated eGFR of 45 or more mL/min/1.732 at the time of the measurement of aortic stiffness. A GEE model was used to take into account the repeated measures of aortic stiffness and mean blood pressure. Values are reported as mean +/- SEM unless otherwise specified. Results: The mean age was 48 +/- 14 years, with 70% male, 20% with cardiovascular disease and 25% diabetes. After adjusting for mean blood pressure, cf-PWV decreased significantly from 11.2 +/- 0.33 to 10.3 +/- 0.30 by 3 months (P = 0.042), but it increased to 10.8 +/- 0.31 and 11.2 +/- 0.33 (m/s) by 6 and 24 months (P = NS versus preKTx). The rate of progression of aortic stiffness beyond 3 months was 0.248 m/s/year. Copyright
    No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · Journal of Hypertension

  • No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · Artery Research
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    No preview · Article · Oct 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Transplant glomerulopathy (TG) is a diagnostic criterion for chronic active antibody-mediated rejection (CAABMR), with C4d, donor-specific antibodies (DSA) and other lesions of chronic tissue injury. However, TG often presents without C4d or DSA. Until recently, such cases were termed suspicious for CAABMR, and their prognosis remains unclear. Methods: To better understand the contribution of TG, C4d, and DSA on outcomes, we retrospectively studied 61 patients with late TG for the composite endpoint of death-censored graft failure or doubling of serum creatinine. Cases were matched to controls based on age, year and number of transplant, type of donor, and the availability of an indication biopsy during the same time after transplantation. Analyses were performed using proportional hazards models. Results: Compared to matched controls, patients with TG had a more than fivefold increased risk of reaching the endpoint (adjusted hazard ratio (aHR), 5.3; 95% confidence interval (95% CI), 1.5-18.4). The proportion of patients with isolated TG, TG suspicious for CAABMR (C4+/DSA- or C4d-/DSA+) and TG with definite CAABMR (C4d+/DSA+) were 63%, 20%, and 17%, respectively. Suspicious and definite CAABMR showed a similar prognosis, significantly worse than isolated TG (aHR, 4.5; 95% CI, 1.1-18.9 and aHR, 5.9, 95% CI, 1.1-31.3 respectively). Conclusion: Transplant glomerulopathy is associated with poor prognosis, independent of the level of graft dysfunction and other chronic histologic changes. This prognosis is similar whether there is evidence of tissue or peripheral alloantibody reactivity. These findings are relevant to the development of clinically meaningful criteria for CAABMR, for its clinical management, and in the future selection of population for clinical trials.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · Transplantation

  • No preview · Conference Paper · Jan 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Delayed graft function (DGF) has a negative impact on graft survival in donation after brain death (DBD) but not for donation after cardiac death (DCD) kidneys. However, older donor age is associated with graft loss in DCD transplants. We sought to examine the interaction between donor age and DGF in DBD kidneys. This is a single-center, retrospective review of 657 consecutive DBD recipients transplanted between 1990 and 2005. We stratified the cohort by decades of donor age and studied the association between DGF and graft failure using Cox models. The risk of graft loss associated with DGF was not significantly increased for donor age below 60 years (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR] 1.12, 1.51, and 0.90, respectively, for age <40, 41-50 and 51-60 years) but significantly increased after 60 years (aHR 2.67; P = 0.019). Analysis of death-censored graft failure yielded similar results for donor age below 60 years and showed a substantially increased risk with donors above 60 years (aHR 6.98, P = 0.002). This analysis reveals an unexpectedly high impact of older donor age on the association between DGF and renal transplant outcomes. Further research is needed to determine the best use of kidneys from donors above 60 years old, where DGF is expected.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2012 · Transplant International
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    ABSTRACT: Aortic stiffness is a novel cardiovascular risk factor in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The purpose of the present study is to examine whether there is a blood pressure-independent improvement in aortic stiffness 3 months after successful kidney transplantation (KTx), and whether this improvement is age-dependent. In this prospective, longitudinal observational study, we studied hemodynamic and biological parameters prior to and 3 months after a KTx in 52 stage 5 CKD patients. Aortic stiffness was measured by carotido-femoral pulse wave velocity (c-f PWV) and enhanced central wave reflection was evaluated by the heart rate-adjusted central augmentation index (AIx) by means of arterial tonometry. Endothelin-1, L-arginine, asymmetric dimethylarginine (biomarkers of endothelial dysfunction), pentosidine (advanced glycation end-products) and mineral metabolism parameters were also measured. After adjusting for the reduction in mean blood pressure, c-f PWV decreased significantly from 12.1 ± 3.3 to 11.6 ± 2.3 m/s (P < 0.05). In an analysis stratified by age, this improvement was only present in patients older than 50 years of age as compared with patients younger than 50 years of age (-5.5 ± 2.2 vs. 2.1 ± 1.9%, P < 0.05). AIx decreased from 22 ± 11 to 14 ± 13% (P < 0.01), but this reduction was not age-dependent. We also observed a similar degree of improvement in the biomarker levels of endothelial dysfunction and pentosidine in both groups. This study shows for the first time that there is an age-dependent improvement in aortic stiffness after KTx. These observations suggest that older patients may have an added cardiovascular risk reduction after a successful KTx.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2011 · Journal of Hypertension
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    ABSTRACT: Organ shortage has led to the use of dual-kidney transplant (DKT) of very marginal donors into a single recipient to increase the use of marginal organs. To date, few data are available about the long-term outcome of DKT and its usefulness to increase the pool of available organ. We conducted a single-center cohort study of DKTs with longitudinal follow-up over an 8-year period. Between 1999 and 2007, 63 DKTs were performed. All kidneys from donors younger than 75 years refused by all centers for single transplantation, and kidneys from donors aged 75 years or older were routinely evaluated based on preimplantation glomerulosclerosis. Renal function, patient or graft survival, and perioperative complications were compared with 66 single kidneys from expanded criteria donors (ECD) and 63 ideal kidney donors. After a median follow-up of 56 months, patient or graft survival was similar between the three groups. Twelve-, 36-, and 84-month creatinine clearance were similar for DKT and ECD (12 months: 58 and 59 mL/min; 36 months: 54 and 60 mL/min; and 84 months: 62 and 51 mL/min, respectively). For the study period, the routine evaluation of very marginal kidneys for DKT in our center has led to an increase of 47% in the transplants from donors aged 50 years or older, which represent 12% at the level of our organ procurement organization. DKT patients can expect long-term results comparable with single kidney ECD. The implementation of a DKT program in our unit safely increased the pool of organs from marginal donors.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2010 · Transplantation
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    ABSTRACT: Polyomavirus associated nephropathy (PVAN) is an important cause of graft failure in the renal transplant population. It has been shown that viremia precedes PVAN, suggesting that measurement of blood viral load could be used for PVAN screening. To verify the utility of BK virus (BKV) blood viral load measurement for PVAN screening in the renal transplant population, establish a threshold value, and determine the sensitivity and specificity of the test. We developed a real-time PCR assay for BKV blood viral load measurement and included this assay in the PVAN screening protocol of the renal transplant recipients of our institution. We report results for 60 patients who had a blood viral load measurement concomitantly with an allograft biopsy with immunohistochemistry for polyomavirus. 14 patients were found to have a PVAN on allograft biopsy together with a viral load above 3.0x10(3)copies/ml. None of the patients with a viral load under 3.0x10(3)copies/ml had a PVAN on allograft biopsy. The area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve was 0.95 (95% CI: 0.91-1.00) and using a threshold value of 3.0x10(3)copies/ml yielded a sensitivity of 100% (95% CI: 76.8-100%) and a specificity of 89.6% (95% CI: 77.3-96.5%) for PVAN screening. BKV blood viral load measurement is sensitive and specific for PVAN screening when a threshold value is precisely determined.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2009 · Journal of clinical virology: the official publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology

  • No preview · Article · Feb 2006 · Annales de Pathologie

  • No preview · Article · Feb 2006 · Annales de Pathologie
  • I Côté · J Moisan · I Chabot · J-P Grégoire
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    ABSTRACT: In a previous study, we observed that a pharmacy-based intervention programme decreased the blood pressure of hypertensive patients. The objective of the present study was to assess the effect of this pharmacy programme on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of individuals treated for hypertension. In a quasi-experimental cohort pilot study, we recruited 91 participants from nine pharmacies in the Quebec City area. We offered the intervention programme over a 9-month period to participants enrolled at four of the pharmacies. The other participants were not exposed to pharmaceutical services other than those usually given by their pharmacists. We used the SF-36 to evaluate HRQOL. Covariance analysis was used to test for significant differences of HRQOL scores between participants exposed and not exposed to the programme. When compared with the non-exposed participants, those receiving the intervention and with high income had an improvement in vitality score (P=0.05). On the contrary, low-income exposed participants did not show this benefit and had a decline in mental health score (P=0.01). Improvement in vitality is likely due to increased physical activity and to a reduction in systolic blood pressure in the high-income exposed group. The negative effect of the programme on the mental health of those exposed in the low-income group might be due to the fact that the programme was not effective in reducing blood pressure and may therefore have caused anxiety. Pharmacists' interventions can have both a positive and negative impact on the HRQOL of individuals, treated with antihypertensive agents, depending on income level.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2005 · Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics

  • No preview · Article · Apr 2005 · Annales de Pathologie
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    ABSTRACT: The Short Form 12 (SF-12) is widely used in primary care settings. The RAND-12 Health Status Inventory (HSI) and the Health Utilities Index Mark 3 (HUI3) have not been as widely used in such settings. The objective of this study was to examine the construct validity of the RAND-12 and HUI3 in the context of high-risk primary care patients. The SF-12, HUI2, and HUI3 were administered to a cohort of high-risk primary care patients. RAND-12 summary scores for physical and mental health were generated. Single-attribute utility scores for each dimension of health status and overall health in HUI3 were computed. A priori hypotheses were specified. In general, the relationships among RAND-12 and HUI3 scores were consistent with construct validity. Twelve of 24 a priori predictions were confirmed. However, predictions about the correlations between the number of medical conditions and the number of medications and the measures of health-related quality of life were, in general, not confirmed. The RAND-12 and HUI3 seem to be useful among primary care patients with diverse chronic conditions. Further investigation is warranted.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2005 · Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
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    ABSTRACT: Communication between community-based providers is often sporadic and problem-focused. To implement collaborative community-based care among providers distant from one another and to improve or maintain the health of high-risk community-dwelling patients, with a focus on medication use. Six primary health care teams were formed of a family physician, a pharmacist, and a home care case manager (nurse). Three of these teams also had a family physician's office nurse. Teams received training and decided on processes of care that included a home visit, medication history, and weekly 1.5-hour face-to-face team meetings. In 151 team conferences, 705 medication or health issues were identified for 182 patients over 6 months. Medication adherence was improved at 3 and 6 months. After 6 months, all providers had a greater understanding of the roles of the other providers. Primary health care teams developed in this study require few structural changes to existing health care systems, but will require more reimbursement options.
    Full-text · Article · Aug 2004 · Canadian family physician Médecin de famille canadien
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    ABSTRACT: The SF-36 has frequently been used to measure health related quality of life (HRQOL) in hypertension. Recently, the SF-12, a shorter form of the SF-36, has been proposed. However, the validity of the SF-12 in hypertension has not yet been assessed. To determine the extent to which the SF-12 provides similar measurements of HRQOL to those of the SF-36 in hypertensive individuals. A study assessing the impact of a pharmacy-based intervention program on hypertensive individuals served as background for this study. One hundred and twelve individuals participated in this study. We compared the SF-36 with the SF-12 on item scores and summary measures using intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC), Pearson correlation coefficients and linear regression. The concordance between the SF-12 and the SF-36 on both physical (ICC=0.88) and mental (ICC=0.92) component summary scores (PCS and MCS respectively) is high and the relationship is linear and positive. Most of the variance in the SF-36 PCS (R2=0.78) and MCS (R2=0.85) can be explained by their SF-12 counterparts. The SF-12 PCS and MCS are the only significant predictor variables for the corresponding measure of the SF-36. The SF-12 appears to be a valid alternative to the SF-36 for clinical practice or research purposes when studying hypertensive individuals and their treatment.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2004 · The Canadian journal of clinical pharmacology = Journal canadien de pharmacologie clinique
  • Chris M Blanchard · Isabelle Côté · David Feeny
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    ABSTRACT: Summary physical health scores for the Short Form (SF) measures are computing using positive weights for physical items and negative weights for mental health items. Mental health summary scores use positive weights for mental items and negative weights for physical. The RAND Health Status Inventory (HSI) measures do not use negative weights. Do these different approaches to scoring matter? The objective was to compare summary scores using both the SF and RAND-HSI. SF-36 and the Health Utilities Index Mark 3 (HUI3) were administered to a cohort of patients waiting for elective total hip arthroplasty (THA). SF-12 and HUI3 were administered to a cohort of high-risk primary-care patients. Summary scores were generated and compared. Single-attribute utility scores for emotion in HUI3 were also computed. Canadian and US norms for SF, RAND-HSI, and HUI3 were used to interpret results. For THA patients, mean physical health scores were 28 and 36 for SF and RAND-HSI. Mean mental health scores were 55 and 42. For the primary-care patients, the scores were 34 and 36 for physical and 46 and 40 for mental health. SF and RAND-HSI provided somewhat similar summary scores in the THA study. However, SF and RAND-HSI mental health scores differed in the primary-care patient cohort and results from HUI3 corroborate the mental health deficits identified by the RAND-HSI. It may be wise for investigators to use both SF and RAND-HSI scoring systems.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2004 · International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care

  • No preview · Article · Feb 2004 · Annales de Pathologie

Publication Stats

363 Citations
59.98 Total Impact Points


  • 2014
    • CHU de Québec
      Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • 2001-2014
    • Laval University
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Faculté de Pharmacie
      Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
    • Institute of Health Economics
      Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 2004-2012
    • Université du Québec
      Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • 2009
    • Hotel Dieu Hospital
      Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • 2002-2003
    • University of Alberta
      Edmonton, Alberta, Canada