West Nile virus encephalitis acquired via liver transplantation and clinical response to intravenous immunoglobulin: Case report and review of the literature

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  • A patient developed West Nile virus (WNV) encephalitis 2 weeks after receiving a liver transplant and recovered fully, following treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg). Laboratory testing documented transmission from the organ donor. Clinicians should be suspicious for organ-transmitted WNV in any post-transplant patient who develops fever and neurological symptoms. We review previous cases of organ-transmitted WNV, the use of IVIg for WNV encephalitis, and the issue of organ donor screening. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
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  • Rhee C; Eaton EF; Concepcion W; Blackburn BG
  • Start Page

  • 312
  • End Page

  • 317
  • Volume

  • 13
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  • 3