Community Respiratory Viral Infections

An Overlooked Cause of Morbidity And Mortality in Transplant Recipients
  • Lisa R. Young
  • Scott M. Palmer
Part of the Perspectives on Critical Care Infectious Diseases book series (CCID, volume 1)


Transplantation has become an increasingly effective strategy for the treatment of many end-stage and life-threatening illnesses. Despite many advances in post-transplant care, infection remains a major problem for transplant recipients. Although the specific infectious complications vary among different transplant populations, viral infections are increasingly recognized to occur in all types of transplant patients. Post-transplant viral infections can occur through reactivation of latent recipient infection (such as with varicella zoster virus or cytomegalovirus), through transmission by donor allografts (as with cytomegalovirus), or through new infection acquired in the community (as with respiratory syncytial virus). Because of delays in diagnosis and limited treatment options, viral infections are often associated with considerable morbidity and mortality in transplant recipients.


Transplant Recipient Respiratory Syncytial Virus Influenza Vaccination Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection Influenza Infection 
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  • Lisa R. Young
    • 1
  • Scott M. Palmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Pediatrics and MedicineDuke University Medical CenterDurham

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