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Current Fungal Infection Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 219-228

Donor-Derived Fungal Infections in Transplant Patients

  • Monika RoyAffiliated withMycotic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Email author 
  • , Benjamin J. ParkAffiliated withMycotic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • , Tom M. ChillerAffiliated withMycotic Diseases Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Abstract

Fungal infection can occur in transplant patients via one of four mechanisms: donor-derived infections, contamination during the transplantation period, reactivation of latent infection in the host, or new infection during the posttransplantation period. Distinguishing between these mechanisms is often difficult and as a result, donor-derived fungal infections may be under-recognized with few data on its prevalence. We review published reports of donor-derived fungal infections and discuss the role of donor screening and the importance of establishing a national reporting, tracking, and notification system for transplant-transmitted infections.

Keywords

Transplantation Infection Fungi Mycoses Tissue and organ procurement Cornea Surveillance Tissue donors Donor selection Adverse events