Parasitic infections in solid organ transplant recipients.

TitleParasitic infections in solid organ transplant recipients.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCoster LO
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America//Infect Dis Clin North Am
Pagination395 - 427
Date Published2013
ISBN Number1557-9824
Other Numbersidc, 8804508
Keywords*Parasites/ip [Isolation & Purification], *Parasitic Diseases/ep [Epidemiology], *Parasitic Diseases/ps [Parasitology], *Postoperative Complications/ep [Epidemiology], *Postoperative Complications/ps [Parasitology], *Transplants, Animals, Humans

Parasitic diseases are rare infections after a solid organ transplant (SOT). Toxoplasmosis, Trypanosoma cruzi, and visceral leishmanias are the 3 main opportunistic protozoal infections that have the potential to be lethal if not diagnosed early and treated appropriately after SOT. Strongyloides stercoralis is the one helminthic disease that is life-threatening after transplant. This review addresses modes of transmission, methods of diagnosis, and treatment of the most serious parasitic infections in SOT. The role of targeted pretransplant screening of the donor and recipient for parasitic diseases is also discussed.Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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