Strongyloides stercoralis infection in kidney transplant recipients

TitleStrongyloides stercoralis infection in kidney transplant recipients
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsAbdalhamid BA, Abadi AN, Saghier MI, Joudeh AA, Shorman MA, Amr SS

Strongyloides stercoralis is an uncommon infection in Saudi Arabia. It can establish latency and cause an autoinfection in humans that lasts for years. The infection can get reactivated during immunosuppression and can result in a life-threatening Strongyloides hyperinfection syndrome. We present three cases of renal transplant recipients who developed Strongyloides infection following transplantation. A bronchoalveolar lavage specimen, a duodenal biopsy and/or a stool specimen from these patients revealed evidence of S. stercoralis larvae. The first two patients received kidneys from the same deceased donor, a native of Bangladesh, an area that is highly endemic for S. stercoralis. The data suggest that the first two cases might be donor derived. High-risk donors and recipients should be screened for Strongyloides infection to initiate treatment before transplantation thus reducing morbidity and mortality.

Alternate JournalSaudi J Kidney Dis Transpl
Notify Library Reference ID4679

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