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Praxis (Bern 1994). 2014 Apr 9;103(8):453-9. doi: 10.1024/1661-8157/a001627.

[Diagnosis, therapy and prevention of respiratory virus infections in lung transplant recipients].

[Article in German; Abstract available in German from the publisher]

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Klinik für Pneumologie, Universitätsspital Zürich.

Abstract

in English, French, German

Lung transplant recipients have a life-long profound immunosuppression which makes them prone to respiratory tract infections, in particular viral infections during the winter season. Since the respiratory tract infections may have potentially severe consequences, we recommend early diagnosis and treatment. We obtain nasopharyngeal swabs for viral and bacteriological examination and then treat pre-emptively with antivirals, broad-band antibiotics and often also with intravenous immunoglobulins. Treatment duration is often longer than in immunocompetent patients. As preventive measures we provide vaccination against seasonal influenza and recommend specific daily hygiene measures.

KEYWORDS:

Diagnostik; Lungentransplantierte; Therapie; Viren; diagnostic; infections respiratoires; lung transplant recipients; respiratorische Infektionen; respiratory infections; therapeutique; therapy; transplantation pulmonaire; virus

PMID:
24713381
DOI:
10.1024/1661-8157/a001627
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