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Clin Transplant. 2019 Mar 21:e13545. doi: 10.1111/ctr.13545. [Epub ahead of print]

Pneumonia in Solid Organ Transplantation: Guidelines from the American Society of Transplantation Infectious Diseases Community of Practice.

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Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA.
Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology, University Hospital Zurich, CH-8091, Z├╝rich, Switzerland.


These guidelines from the AST Infectious Diseases Community of Practice review the diagnosis and management of pneumonia in the post-transplant period. Clinical presentations and differential diagnosis for pneumonia in the solid organ transplant recipient are reviewed. A two-tier approach is proposed based on the net state of immunosuppression and the severity of presentation. With a lower risk of opportunistic, hospital acquired, or exposure-specific pathogens and a non-severe presentation, empirical therapy may be initiated under close clinical observation. In all other patients, or those not responding to the initial therapy, a more aggressive diagnostic approach including sampling of tissue for microbiological and pathological testing is warranted. Given the broad range of potential pathogens, a microbiological diagnosis is often key for optimal care. Given the limited literature comparatively evaluating diagnostic approaches to pneumonia in the solid organ transplant recipient, much of the proposed diagnostic algorithm reflects clinical experience rather than evidence-based data. It should serve as a template which may be modified according to local needs. The same holds true for the suggested empiric therapies, which need to be adapted to the local resistance patterns. Further study is needed to comparatively evaluate diagnostic and empiric treatment strategies in SOT recipients. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.


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