Transmission of Cryptococcus neoformans by organ transplantation

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Abstract

  • Background: This article describes transmission of Cryptococcus neoformans by solid organ transplantation. Methods. We reviewed medical records and performed molecular genotyping of isolates to determine potential for donor transmission of Cryptococcus. Results: Cryptococcosis was diagnosed in 3 recipients of organs from a common donor with an undifferentiated neurologic condition at the time of death. Cryptococcal meningoencephalitis was later diagnosed in the donor at autopsy. The liver and 1 kidney recipient developed cryptococcemia and pneumonia and the other kidney recipient developed cryptococcemia and meningitis; 2 patients recovered with prolonged antifungal therapy. We tested 4 recipient isolates with multilocus sequence typing and found they had identical alleles. Conclusions: Our investigation documents the transmission of Cryptococcus neoformans by organ transplantation. Evaluation for cryptococcosis in donors with unexplained neurologic symptoms should be strongly considered. © The Author 2011.
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  • Baddley JW; Schain DC; Gupte AA; Lodhi SA; Kayler LK; Frade JP; Lockhart SR; Chiller T; Bynon JS; Bower WA
  • Volume

  • 52
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  • 4