Impact of Adenoviral Stool Load on Adenoviremia in Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

Ashok Srinivasan*, Corie Klepper, Anusha Sunkara, Guolian Kang, Jeanne Carr, Zhengming Gu, Wing Leung, Randall T. Hayden

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Background: Adenoviremia adversely affects prognosis in the post-hematopoietic stem cell transplant setting. Methods: We sought to determine retrospectively the cutoff load of adenovirus in the stool as a predictor of adenoviremia, in children who underwent an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant. The prevalence of sapovirus, norovirus and astrovirus in the stool was also studied. Results: The study cohort consisted of 117 patients, of which 71 (60%) had diarrhea. Adenovirus was detected in the stool in 39 of 71 (55%) patients. Age ≤10 years (P = 0.05; odds ratio: 2.57; 95% confidence interval: 0.98-6.75) and male sex (P = 0.04; odds ratio: 2.67; 95% confidence interval: 1.02-6.99) increased risk for detection of adenovirus in stool on univariate analysis. Coinfections with enteric pathogens were infrequent. Viral load >106 copies/g stool predicted adenoviremia with a sensitivity and specificity of 82%. Sapovirus, norovirus and astrovirus were detected in 3, 4 and 1 patient, respectively. Conclusions: Quantitative detection of adenovirus in stool may have implications for preemptive therapy. Testing for other enteric viruses may have implications for infection control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)562-565
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 22 2015


  • adenovirus
  • pediatric
  • stool
  • transplant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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