Opportunistic Infections in Transplant Patients

Rebecca Kumar, Michael G. Ison*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Transplants have become common with excellent patient and graft outcomes owing to advances in surgical technique, immunosuppression, and antimicrobial prophylaxis. In 2017, 34,770 solid organ transplants were performed in the United States. For solid organ transplant recipients, infection remains a common complication owing to the regimens required to prevent rejection. Opportunistic infections, which are infections that are generally of lower virulence within a healthy host but cause more severe and frequent disease in immunosuppressed individuals, typically occur in the period 1 month to 1 year after transplantation. This article focuses on opportunistic infections in the solid organ transplant recipient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1143-1157
Number of pages15
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • BK virus
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Infection
  • Nocardia
  • Organ transplant
  • Polyoma virus
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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