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J Infect Dis. 2002 Oct 15;186 Suppl 1:S99-S109.

Beta-herpesvirus challenges in the transplant recipient.

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Karolinska Institutet, SE-14186 Stockholm, Sweden.


Cytomegalovirus (CMV) has major consequences after allogeneic stem cell and solid organ transplantation. CMV may cause significant morbidity and mortality, and monitoring to detect reactivation to reduce disease or management of end organ disease is associated with increased resource utilization. Two other members of the beta-herpesvirus family, human herpesvirus (HHV) type 6 and HHV-7, are increasingly recognized as important pathogens in transplant recipients, either by direct infection (e.g., encephalitis, hepatitis, or pneumonitis) or via interaction with CMV. In addition to direct effects of CMV infection, such indirect effects as an increased risk for bacterial and fungal infections or impaired graft acceptance and function are important research topics. Diagnosis and treatment of CMV infection is currently more advanced than for HHV-6 and HHV-7.

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