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Parasitic infections in solid-organ transplant recipients

Muñoz, Patriciaa; Valerio, Maricelab; Eworo, Aliab; Bouza, Emilioa

Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation:
doi: 10.1097/MOT.0b013e32834cdbb0
Infection: Edited by Minh-Hong Nguyen
Abstract

Purpose of review: To provide an updated perspective of the most common parasitic infections occurring in solid-organ transplant (SOT) recipients.

Recent findings: Parasitic infections are an emerging problem in SOT programs and represent a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. Transplantation in endemic areas – including medical tourism, international travel and migration – justify the necessity of considering parasitic infections in the differential diagnosis of posttransplant complications. Molecular techniques, such as PCR, may improve the diagnostic accuracy and help during the follow-up.

Summary: Parasitic infections are an uncommon but potentially severe complication in SOT recipients. An increase of donors emigrated from tropical areas and more posttransplant patients traveling to endemic areas have led to a rise in parasitic infections reported among SOT recipients. Transplant physicians should get familiar with parasitic infections and promote adherence to preventive measures in SOT recipients.

Author Information

aDepartment of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

bDepartment of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain

Correspondence to Patricia Muñoz, MD, PhD, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Doctor Esquerdo 46, 28007 Madrid, Spain Tel: +34 91 5868453; fax: +34 91 5044906; e-mail: pmunoz@micro.hggm.es

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.